Thief on the Cross is not an example of how man is saved today. "
The thief lived
under the old law.
the old law, the command to be born again was not yet valid.
Jesus told Nicodemus in
“Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the
kingdom of God”. The answer as to how one is
“born of the water and of the
Spirit” is seen in
“Therefore we are buried with him by
baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory
of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life”.
“newness of life”
is after one is raised out of the
waters of baptism. One is not
“newness of life”.
Since the New Testament was not yet in force, neither Nicodemus
nor the Thief
were amenable to this teaching. The gospels are not the beginning of the New
Testament in a technical since. Jesus was still alive and a testament
is not in force while the testator lives.
“For where a testament is, there must also of
necessity be the death of the testator”. The gospels are that time
preparing, i.e., getting people ready for the new covenant or testament when it
becomes valid, just as John the Baptist prepared the people for the coming
The thief was not subject to the great commission.
When Jesus commissioned the apostles to
ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature, He that
believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be
Mark 16:15,16, the thief had already died, therefore, it
didn’t pertain to him.
the thief was saved was not relevant at all to the preaching of the first gospel
sermon by Peter and the rest of the apostles on the Day of Pentecost in
Acts 2. It is neither relevant today.
is relevant since Pentecost when the apostles preached that first sermon, is the
teachings of the New Testament; and all men are answerable to it.
Therefore, to use
the thief on the cross as an example of how one is saved today without having to
be baptized, illustrates a misunderstanding of the two covenants. Finally, let
us all heed the words of the apostle Paul as he wrote to Timothy.
to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly
dividing the word of truth”
II Tim. 2:15.