One of the dying thieves accepts Christ as his Saviour (Luke 23:40-43).
1. He repents over his own foolish charges.
2. He rebukes the unrepentant thief saying to him, "Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same condemnation?" "We indeed justly, for we are receiving due rewards for our deeds, but this man did nothing amiss."
3. He looks upon Jesus.
The dying robber: "Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
The dying Redeemer says: "Verily, I say to you, today shall you be with me in Paradise"
*This statement emphasizes several facts concerning salvation.
1. That salvation is offered to anyone, anywhere. Are deathbed conversions valid? They are indeed, for here is one! But we quickly note: there is ONE deathbed conversion in the Bible so that no man will DESPAIR, and there is only ONE do that no living man will PRESUME.
D.L. Moody once said: Did ever the new birth take place in such strange a cradle?
Amazing when you observe the contrasts seen here!
1.In the morning the thief was nailed to a cross. In the evening he was wearing a crown.
2. In the morning he was an enemy of Caesar. In the evening he was a friend of God.
3. In the morning he was spurned by men. In the evening he was fellowship ping with angels.
4. In the morning he died as a criminal in the earth. In the evening he lived as a citizen of heaven!
Salvation is by grace through faith ALONE! This conversion refutes:
1.The doctrine of sacramentalism. He was saved apart from confirmation, sprinkling, Holy Communion, and church membership.
2. The doctrine of baptismal regeneration.
3. The doctrine of purgatory.
4. The doctrine of universalism
(only ONE thief was saved).
Salvation will be rejected by some in spite of everything God has done! The other thief died eternally lost. There were three men.... One was dying FOR sin ( the Saviour), one was dying FROM sin (the repentant thief), and one was dying IN sin (the lost thief).
All classes of humanity were represented at the Cross. There were the indifferent (" the people stood beholding" Lk 23:35); the religious (the rulers derides Him," Lk 23:35); the materialistic(the soldiers parted his raiment and cast lots," Lk 23:34); and the earnest seeker ("Lord, remember me..." Lk 23:42).
The Cross is indeed the judge of this world!
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