The Faith of the Thief on the Cross

Have you ever had doubts about your salvation? Very likely you have. I have.
It concerned me for some time that my salvation experience wasn’t dramatic. When I would hear the testimonies of other people, I would think, “Man, my testimony isn’t that exciting. Is something wrong with me?” But it wasn’t and isn’t. We don’t need to compare our salvation experiences with others.
In the gospel of Luke, the twenty-third chapter, the Bible says that one of thieves who was crucified with Jesus said to the Lord, “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus replied, “Today, you shall be with me in paradise.” Clearly, the thief on the cross was saved.. in the final minutes of his life.
Notice that he wasn’t baptized and he didn’t join a church. He just asked Christ to save him and he was saved.
Salvation is simply believing that Jesus can save us and inviting Him into our hearts to forgive us of our sins. That’s it. You don’t have to hear any bells. You don’t have to see a sign in the sky. You simply believe in Christ and ask Him into your heart. If you have done that, then you are saved.
Now, one final note; you should be baptized and join a church. Now, someone is saying, “You just said the thief didn’t do that and he was saved.”
You are right.. that’s exactly what I said. But, there was no time for that to happen with the thief. There is for us. If you receive Christ, you need to find a local church and get involved and follow the Lord in baptism.
Today, if you have trusted Christ as your Savior, rest in it.

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