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Was The Thief Saved

The "good thief" was a criminal, finally sentenced to death for it. In the end, he made an "easy death-bed" confession of faith, doing nothing more than believing in Jesus: He was never baptized, He never showed fruit,He never spoke in tongues, ---Was he saved?

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The thief was promised "tomorrow you will be with Me in paradise". But what is "paradise". It appears to be some place different than Heaven (where our Father in Heaven dwells). If you remember, 2 days after being on the cross, Jesus appeared to Mary and said "touch me not for I have not yet ascended to my Father". So if Christ had not yet been to heaven 2 days after he died on the cross, then paradise cannot be the same thing as heaven.
---Doug on 2/10/09

If anyone ever was saved, it was him. Jesus himself says so, one of only a small number of people to have that privilidge, to be named in scripture as saved!
---Graham on 2/9/09

How do you know he wasn't baptized?He did show fruit- the right attitude."The Holy Ghost was not yet given".He might have had the baptism of John,UNTO REPENTANCE, which would have been valid at the time.We are not told by scripture.So it leads me to believe that he was saved because Jesus told him he would be in paradise.
---donald on 12/15/07

What on earth would be "easy" about hanging on a cross in extreme pain and public humiliation?! Far from an "easy" deathbed conversion, he thankfully received the grace he needed just when he needed it most. But to lay there dying, in any situation (my brother was shot and killed), there's nothing "easy" about it.
---Mary on 12/14/07

If this man was not saved then nobody is saved. If we believe that Jesus is in fact the Savior then he must have the power to save. If Jesus Christ says that this man is saved then who am I to argue? Jesus alone examines the heart and he decided that the robber's heart was worthy of paradise. Done Deal!
---TIM on 12/14/07

Out the of the abundance of his heart, the thief made a decision to follow Jesus Christ.

It wasn't easy, and "doing nothing more than believing in Jesus" - that's not cheap grace either. No such thing as cheap grace.

The thief was saved and I certainly would not want to diminish God's Word by mocking it.
---lovable_linda on 12/14/07

Janet- surly you understand that what God has expected from His people has changed from time to time. In the garden of eden the only rule was dont eat off 1 tree. God expectes a little more from us now. the law of the covenant under Moses is different than the New covenant we are in as Christians. baptism was not part of the OT experiance. that was my point. the thief was under the law of moses all he needed (with his faith) was a lamb and a priest to be saved. Jesus was both.
---Kraus on 12/12/07

Mima...Since you already know the answer to that question, I will just say I agree with you that the thief was saved. Keep up the good work of spreading the gospel.
---Susie on 12/12/07

There are many things which need explainationto the general populace we learn from the H/S. That is why God left it under His care Matt16:17-19. matt28:20.But NOOOOOOOOOO mans interpretation.superceeds Gods true word.
---Emcee on 12/12/07

Yes, because if it were not true, Jesus would not have told the thief, today you will be with me in Paradise. God is truth, and if this was not so, then it would not be in the Word of God.
---Cynthia on 12/12/07

Mima, if you read the words that Jesus said to the thief you will know whether he was saved or not.
---RitaH on 12/12/07

He was saved and forgiven of his sins. He had a truly contrite heart and believed that Jesus is Lord. That is the "grace" afforded to all through Jesus. Water baptism has never saved anyone.
---Mr._Graham on 12/12/07

How where Moses and the righteous men in the OT saved? They werent baptized. One Baptism does not say what kind of baptism. If a person is dies a for Christ but was never baptized with water he is baptized.
---janet on 12/12/07

What a bitter judgmental question!
The thief had faith recognising who Jesus was.
---alan_of_UK on 12/12/07

i have never heard of the "baptism of desire" as it isnt in the Bible. my guess its something preachers preach to feel better about the theif. according to Eph 4:5 there is "one Lord, one faith, one baptism," you could also consider HS infilling as baptism of fire but you dont get to pick and choose which baptism you want. thats not in the Bible. Jesus was His Priest and sacrifice, law of Moses end of story.
---Kraus on 12/12/07

The good thief was saved although he was not baptized by water. there are three kinds of baptism, water, desire, and blood. His was a baptism of desire. He accepted Christ as the savior and he really couldnt do anything besides that because he died shortly afterwards.
---janet on 12/12/07

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Mima::"Oh thou of little Faith"If Jesus said "This day thou shalt be with ME in Paradise "It was done, same as creation.Is this your question of Doubt?Contrition is present for Salvation."True Contrition" Jesus saw that and by HOPE he was saved,fulfilling the Baptism of DESIRE.
---Emcee on 12/12/07

I feel this person was saved under OT covenant because Jesus had not died. he could not follow the gospel because Jesus' work was not finnished yet. where was his lamb sacrifice for his sin you ask? right next to him. this is a beautiful example of how we cannot judge where God puts people when they die, we can only follow what He tells us to do.
---Kraus on 12/12/07

Oh, absolutely he was saved. He was truly repentent. And Jesus saved Him. On that Cross was God. God could see His heart. And that man was saved.
---catherine on 12/12/07

The thief apparently did not know who Jesus was, until he observed the events beneath him while he hung on his cross. It was not an 'easy death-bed' conversion. Did Jesus bypass the "rules for salvation" for the thief? He did not. Faith is required for salvation, Old and New Testaments, which the thief expressed. Plus, Pentecost had not yet occured, erego, no tongue-speaking. Fruit is not necessary for salvation. If the son makes you free...
---Mike_W. on 12/12/07

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