7.5. Baptism doesn’t save you – “The thief on the cross was not baptized and Jesus told him that they would see each other in paradise:” – Fake News – 5 of 6

One of the criminals who hung there heaped abuse on Him. “Are You not the Christ?” he said. “Save Yourself and us!”
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We have a fasination with skulls.

Some groups call themselves the skull and bones.

There was a movie made about the group.

The skull is a symbolism is a representation of death.

The place of the skull is most probably the most famous hillside in the world.

Let’s have a look what took place on the place of the skull.

39One of the criminals who hung there heaped abuse on Him. “Are You not the Christ?” he said. “Save Yourself and us!”

40But the other one rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same judgment? 41We are punished justly, for we are receiving what our actions deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!”

43And Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (Luk 23:39-43)

The famous thief on the cross who got to go to heaven in one sentence.

Obviously he wasn’t baptized. How could he be? Jesus hasn’t died on the cross yet.

He could not partake spiritually in Jesus’ death, buriel and resurrection getting baptized.

Let’s have a look at the verse that confirms this!

2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Romans 6:2-4)

He could not have been baptized in Jesus’ death because Jesus did not die yet.

Then how could Jesus tell him he would be with Him in paradise?

Remember on earth, Jesus had the power to forgive sins.

Let’s look at a verse confirming this.

2 Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”

3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”

4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…” Then he said to the paralytic, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” (Matthew 9:2-6).

So when Jesus said to the thief on the cross that he will be in paradise with Him, he obviously forgave his sin.

Did he have to get baptized? No. Jesus forgave his sin.

Let’s sum up:

  1. Jesus wasn’t dead yet.
  2. The thief could not get baptized because he could not partake in Jesus’ death, buriel and resurrection.
  3. Jesus had the authority to forgive sin.
  4. Only people who’s sin is forgiven will go to heaven.
  5. He forgave the thief on the cross’ sin; implicated that he said to him he will be with him in paradise.

Prayer for Today:

Well Lord sometimes I wish I was the thief on the cross without the pain. It is just amaizing how your scriptures fit together. Truly Lord I want to take part in the death burial and resurrection of Jesus to get my sins forgiven and to receive the Holy Spirit by being baptized. Lord I know I cannot use the excuse of the thief on the cross not to get baptized. Amen.

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