Do You Trust Jesus Like the Thief on the Cross?

“Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”  Luke 23:43

The day that Jesus died, we all know there were three crosses that were raised. Jesus hung in the middle between two criminals. One of the criminals continued to mock Him the entire time while the other one decided to stop mocking Him when he realized whom Jesus really was. Once he realized who Jesus was he put all his faith in Him and said to Jesus “Remember me when You come into Your kingdom Lord.” And we all know the response Jesus gave to this criminal in the end. “Today, you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23: 42-43

Just imagine the criminal’s thoughts as he took his very last breath. He truly had paid for the whatever horrible crimes he had committed dying on the cross next to Jesus. But now, because he had put all his faith in Jesus Christ, he was going to be welcomed into heaven as a child of God. How comforting that must have been. Maybe, with great confidence he may have said as he stood in heaven “I know I don’t deserve to be here, but I’m with Him!” as he gestured toward Jesus. And Jesus would have confirmed it by responding to His Father in heaven “He’s with Me.”

Just like the criminal on the cross, we too all must face different choices in our lives. However, the biggest choice we all must make is whether or not we will put all of our trust and faith in Jesus Christ, just as the criminal did just before dying on the cross beside Jesus. Have you truly made the decision to trust Jesus? Can you yourself say with utter confidence “I’m with Him”?

Facing death with confidence comes from trusting Christ.

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One response to “Do You Trust Jesus Like the Thief on the Cross?

  1. CAN MEN, TODAY, BE SAVED LIKE ENOCH? BY STEVE FINNELL

    Did you ever notice that the hydrophobic believers in Jesus want to be saved like the thief on the cross? Their argument is the thief was not baptized in water, and was still saved. Thief proponents fail to mention that the thief was also saved without being born of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit of promise had not been given at that time. So the logical conclusion would be that men, today, can be saved without being born of water and the Spirit. (John 3:5 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”)

    The question is why do men, today, not petition to be saved like Enoch?

    Genesis 5:24 Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

    1.Enoch did not believe Jesus was the Son of God. Was Enoch saved? YES.
    2. Enoch did not confess that God raised Jesus from the dead. Was Enoch saved? YES.
    3. Enoch was not baptized in water. He was not immersed for the forgiveness of sins. Was Enoch saved? YES.
    4. Enoch did not believe that Jesus shed His blood on the cross so he could have his sins washed away. Was Enoch saved? YES.
    5. Was Enoch born of the Spirit? No. The Holy Spirit of promise was not given until the Day of Pentecost. Was Enoch saved? YES.

    WAS ENOCH SAVED? YES.

    Can men, today, be saved like Enoch? ABSOLUTELY NOT.
    Men, today, can only be saved by meeting the terms for pardon under the New Covenant; also known as the New Testament, the New Will, the New Agreement, the New Promise.

    THE THIEF ON THE CROSS

    Luke 23:39-43…And He said to him, :Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

    1. The thief believed Jesus was the Christ. Was the thief saved?YES.
    2. The thief repented. (He turn from sin and turned toward God). Was the thief saved? YES.
    3. The thief did not confess that God had raised Jesus from the dead. Was the thief saved? YES.
    4. The thief was not immersed in water for the forgiveness of his sins. Was the thief saved? YES.
    5. The thief was not born of the Spirit? The thief did not receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Was the thief saved? YES.

    WAS THE THIEF SAVED? YES.

    Can men, today, be saved like the thief on the cross?ABSOLUTELY NOT. Men, today, can only be saved by meeting the terms of pardon under the New Covenant.

    The New Covenant came into effect after the death of Jesus, on the Day of Pentecost.

    Hebrews 9:16-17 For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. 17 For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives.

    MEN,TODAY, CANNOT BE SAVED LIKE ENOCH NOR SAVED LIKE THE THIEF ON THE CROSS. ENOCH AND THE THIEF WERE NOT SAVED UNDER THE NEW COVENANT.

    Note: The book of Acts contains several conversions that took place under the New Covenant. There is no record of anyone saying.
    A. I do not have to believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
    B. I do not have to be born of water and the Spirit.
    C. I do not have to confess that Jesus was resurrected from the grave by God in order to be saved.
    D. I do not have to be immersed in water in order to be saved.
    E. I do not have to repent, (Turn from sin and turn to God), in order to be saved.

    IN ORDER TO BE SAVED UNDER THE NEW COVENANT; WHICH STARTED ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST. YOU NEED TO MEET THE TERMS FOR PARDON.

    FAITH: John 3:16
    REPENTANCE: Acts 2:38
    CONFESSION: Romans 10:9-10
    BAPTISM: Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21, Mark 16:16

    YOU CANNOT BE SAVED LIKE ENOCH!

    (All Scripture quotes from:NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

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