Lenten Reflection Week 2: Luke 23:43

a word on The Word

He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

In this saying from the cross, Jesus assures a dying thief that he will be with Him in paradise today. What then is here for us to understand?

Some have used this verse as an argument against the necessity of Baptism, but a careful study of scripture shows this to not be true. This is however an exception to the rule of Baptism. When Peter or Paul preached, they didn’t preach, “Repent and be Baptized – if you want to, or think it’s doctrinally correct.” No! They preached, “Repent and be Baptized,” (Acts 2:38, Rom.6:3-4, Gal. 3:27, I Pet. 3:21).

Let us look at Jesus’ own Baptism. He was certainly not a sinner, and John didn’t even want to baptize Him. Yet, Jesus subjected Himself to John for baptism “to…

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