Skip to comments.How Could the Thief on the Cross Be Saved? - Ask Pastor Tim
Posted on 12/03/2018 3:45:53 PM PST by OddLane
Some ask, How was the thief on the cross saved if he didnt live a righteous life? Let us consider what this implies about how they believe a person is declared right before God.
Original question: Please clarify this for me. Regarding the theif on the cross. How do you compare his salvation with ours? I mean, he did not live a good life at all. He did not show any fruit of repentance. He did not live right, yet Jesus saved him anyway.
How was Jesus able to save him when we are clearly instructed to live right and to turn from sin? As I understand it, he was the only one in scripture who had this deathbed salvation so we cant rely on that but you know what I mean?
Just like anyone else gets saved. Accept Christ.
Read your Bible. The answer is there.
Considering that asking Jesus to remember us when He comes into His kingdom is the SOLE basis of salvation, it seems to me that the thief had saving faith. It is a good thing that we do not have any elector detectors, giving us the knowledge of who is going to heaven or not. That is not our responsibility. Further, salvation is of FAITH ALONE in CHRIST ALONE, not as a requirement of good deeds, else there would be boasting of who made it and how far.
The thief is in. Jesus said to him, “TODAY you will be with me in Paradise.” That’s as good as it gets!
I hope this question wasn’t posed by a Christian. If so, they’ve completely missed point. None of us lead fully righteous lives. We try, we fail. It really doesn’t matter; all that does is faith - and the thief had faith.
Now I’ll await the bombarding from the “faith alone isn’t enough” crowd.
[He did not show any fruit of repentance.]
He did admit he was guilty of sin and asked the Lord to save him for eternity.
Luke 23:39-43 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
39 One of the criminals who were hanged there was [a]hurling abuse at Him, saying, Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us! 40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong. 42 And he was saying, Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom! 43 And He said to him, Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.
And “Paradise” was a waiting place since Jesus Christ was the first person into heaven.
Because it is what Christ does not what we s that accomplishes our salvation
“He did not show any fruit of repentance.”
He had a very short life after accepting Christ and showed fruit the whole short period.
Spoke like a Catholic
Well for one thing, if Jesus himself deems you “saved”, you are.
And two, you don’t lose salvation for living a sinful life. That’s kinda the whole concept of why you need salvation. You try to do right, but that isn’t what saves you.
You might also check out the Prodigal son story.
Where was he before his incarnation?
And notice you won't find purgatory in there either.
People grouse that the thief wasn’t baptized too.
We can stand in the field and pout all we want...but we are invited in for the party. Read the story of the prodigal son and his brother.
Baptism of Desire
Baptism of Blood
His (the thiefs) death on the cross was his penance. We may be forgiven our sins, but will still suffer the punishment, either in this life or the next. That is also, by the way, one of the better arguments in favor of capital punishment.
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