by Nolan Guilbeau – Published in The (Opelousas, Louisiana) Daily World
℅ Shawn Brasseaux
Nearly 2,000 years ago, two men found guilty of their crimes were crucified on each side of the Son of God, Jesus Christ the Savior. The written word of God, the Bible, records that one of these men mocked, cursed and railed against the Lord for not removing them from their physical sufferings and imminent death. Paraphrasing, the other replied, “You should fear God, seeing we are in the condemnation, for we indeed justly deserve this punishment for our deeds, but this one called Jesus has done nothing wrong.”
This one malefactor recognized and acknowledged Jesus as Savior, asking to be remembered. Jesus replied, “Verily I say unto thee, To-day, shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). It’s obvious through their conversation this man’s forgiveness, salvation and unimpeded entry into paradise wasn’t dependent on membership to any earthly church organizations, rituals or ceremonies.
Secondly, he didn’t attempt pleading his own merits of any good deeds that might outweigh the bad for forgiveness of sins and his salvation. According to Scripture, immediately upon dying he was given assurance, in this present life, of forever being in the presence of Jesus.
Therefore, this one man exemplifies biblical doctrine of forgiveness and salvation, how one is made acceptable before God to receive eternal life. When God’s conditions are met through simple believing faith, trusting, relying upon Christ’s completed work of redemption on the cross at Calvary, proves to be all-sufficient to an inheritance of eternal life with Christ (Romans 4:16, 22).
That’s the message for all mankind to believe if eternal life with Christ is to be attained.
Due to Christ’s “unchangeable priesthood,” “he is able to save them to the uttermost that come to God by him [Christ], seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:24-25).