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chad
Apr 5th 2016, 09:32 PM
I was watching a TV broadcast last night and one of the Pastors was preaching on the thief on the cross. Then this came into my mind as he preached.

The two criminal on the cross – is an illustration of the fate of the believer and unbeliever.

There was one criminal (thief) on the right hand side and one on the left hand side. Jesus was in between the two – seperating the two.

(Luke 23:33 KJV) And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.


Luke 23:35-38 Unbelivers

(Luke 23:35 KJV) And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.

(Luke 23:36 KJV) And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,

(Luke 23:37 KJV) And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.

(Luke 23:38 KJV) And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.


One of the criminals – represents unbelievers.

(Luke 23:39 KJV) And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.


The other criminal – represents believers.

For although he did not consider himself worthy of forgiveness, he believed in faith that Jesus and he believed he would go into a kingdom. The criminal knew he has sinned and done wrong.

In Luke 23:43 it records the criminal saying speaking to Jesus and professing he was Lord.

Lord G2962. kurios, koo'-ree-os; from kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, i.e. (as noun) controller; by impl. Mr. (as a respectful title):--God, Lord, master, Sir.


(Luke 23:40 KJV) But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?

(Luke 23:41 KJV) And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.

(Luke 23:42 KJV) And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.


Jesus seperated the two criminals. One of Unbelief and one of who believed.

Jesus said to the one who believed in him–

(Luke 23:43 KJV) And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Paradise 3857. paradeisos, par-ad'-i-sos; of Oriental or. [comp. H6508]; a park, i.e. (spec.) an
Eden (place of future happiness, "paradise"):--paradise.


In that decision, the criminal even though he was a sinner and knew he deserved the punishment he was getting, believed in Jesus and changed his eternal destiny. He went to be with Jesus in Paradise, the other criminal who did not believe – died in his sins and was eternally separated from Christ and God.

One was saved through belief, the other was not because of unbelief.

There was a separation (gulf) between the two, and that gulf was belief and faith in Jesus.

Imo, I see a picture at the cross of the unbeliever and believer. Christ Jesus is in the middle, separating the two by means of faith. The thief through belief went into paradise, the other through unbelief did not and reminded me of the parable of the rich and poor man and the gulf that separates believers and unbelievers.

Which side of the cross are you on?

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The Parable of the Rich and Poor man.

(Luke 16:19 KJV) There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

(Luke 16:20 KJV) And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

(Luke 16:21 KJV) And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

(Luke 16:22 KJV) And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

(Luke 16:23 KJV) And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

(Luke 16:24 KJV) And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

(Luke 16:25 KJV) But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

(Luke 16:26 KJV) And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

(Luke 16:27 KJV) Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:

(Luke 16:28 KJV) For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

(Luke 16:29 KJV) Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

(Luke 16:30 KJV) And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

(Luke 16:31 KJV) And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither
will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

Jesus died on the cross and rose again, yet after Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to many people after he rose again, the NT records people still did not believe.

Geoff Primanti
Apr 11th 2016, 09:07 PM
Sorry that is not a parable.

jayne
Apr 11th 2016, 09:43 PM
Chad, I have always believed the two thieves to be representative of those who say yes to Christ and those who say no. In fact, other than Cain and Abel, it's the epitomic picture of the sheep and the goats.

Good post.

Blain
Apr 11th 2016, 10:03 PM
Consider this also about the cross.
I think there is a reason the cross was chosen to represent Christ and salvation, there are four parts of the cross up down right left now think of this what if the top part represents heaven and the bottom represents earth the left is gentiles and the right is jew and Jesus being pinned to the cross completes and connects them all.

It can be seen in this way the top being the good the bottom the bad the right the clean the left the filthy and Jesus died on the cross for all of them

birdy
Apr 13th 2016, 09:31 AM
Chad, I have always believed the two thieves to be representative of those who say yes to Christ and those who say no. In fact, other than Cain and Abel, it's the epitomic picture of the sheep and the goats.

I agree. The Bible is full of pictures that help us understand salvation better.

mailmandan
Apr 13th 2016, 02:55 PM
Luke 23:39 KJV) And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. By your words you will be condemned (Matthew 12:37).


In Luke 23:43 it records the criminal saying speaking to Jesus and professing he was Lord.

Lord G2962. kurios, koo'-ree-os; from kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, i.e. (as noun) controller; by impl. Mr. (as a respectful title):--God, Lord, master, Sir.

(Luke 23:40 KJV) But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?

(Luke 23:41 KJV) And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.

(Luke 23:42 KJV) And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. By your words you will be justified (Matthew 12:37). Our words give evidences for, or against a man's being in a state of grace and righteousness.