Mon. March 18, 2013
THE TRUTH IS — The two thieves on the Cross were both guilty of much sin.
However, if we study the contextual details herein we find a very finely-defined Doctrinal Principle involved herein. Luke 23:37-44 must be studied to learn the precise truth.
One of the malefactors on the Cross in a rage said to Jesus – “If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.”
The other thief, in reverse, stated to the other, “Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? We indeed are herein justly, to receive the due equal to our deeds, but this man, Jesus, hath done nothing amiss.” This one, stated a fact very differently from the first. Saying, “Lord, remember me, when thou comest into thy kingdom.”
Jesus’ response was thusly – “Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
Wonder what made the difference between these two thieves? With Gospel Understanding, the difference is clear, that one had received something inwardly, causing him to be aware. It was not his different attitude displayed openly, but the New Birth, Regeneration is what CAUSED his very different impression. One thief wanted “out of the trap.” The other desired to be with Jesus as a follower.
Jesus clearly taught this difference, manifestly, even without water baptism, etc., saying “To day shalt thou be with me in Paradise. Notice where the comma is located in this sentence. In Soul, Heart & Spirit, he was to be with Jesus in Heaven THAT DAY.
One can see Elder Hulan Bass’ mini-commentaries at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pb-mb/