Mormons Rob Salvation for Thief on the Cross

25 July

1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”

LeGrand RichardsEnsign, ‘The Things of God and Man,’ November 1977, p, 21; “You remember how the whole world believed that the thief upon the cross went to heaven with the Savior because He said: “To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43.) Now the men of this world, understanding things according to man’s wisdom, thought he went to heaven. But according to divine truth, he went only to paradise where the Savior arranged for the gospel to be preached to him to prepare him so that he would be worthy to stand with the sanctified and the redeemed of his people.” – LeGrand Richards

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

The Lord tells us in His word that scripture is inspired of Him 2 Timothy 3:16, meaning the words on that page are anything but the words of mankind!

When we take the time to study the meaning of specific words we’ll find any confusion in our minds is easily swept away. The transliteration for ‘paradise’ is ‘paradeisos’, and is a reference to Eden, a place of future happiness. It’s the same word used in Revelation 2:7, Genesis 2:15, Song of Solomon 4:13Ecclesiastes 2:5, and Nehemiah 2:8.

As we’re all aware, no one goes to paradise unless they are righteous, so the idea Jesus went and made arrangements for the guy to hear the gospel preached is just plain silly! Ellicott’s commentary has a concise, yet thorough explanation of what Jesus meant when He spoke to the thief hanging next to Him. The thief was obviously considered to have overcome, thus granting him salvation.

Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers

“…as a synonym for the eternal blessedness of the righteous, presenting a vivid contrast to the foul horrors of Gehenna. It is remarkable, however, that this is the one occasion on which the word appears as part of our Lord’s teaching. In the mystical language of the Apocalypse, “the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God,” is one of the promises to “him that overcometh” (Revelation 2:7).

In this instance we may trace in our Lord’s use of the word a subtle tenderness of sympathy. What He said in answer to the penitent’s prayer was, in part, a contrast to it, in part, its most complete fulfilment. Not in the far-off “Coming,” but that very day…”

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One Response to “Mormons Rob Salvation for Thief on the Cross”

  1. steve Duncan July 30, 2016 at 12:23 am #

    But Christ never did go to heaven to be with his heavenly Father, as he appeared first to Mary Magdalene with is immortal resurrected body, Jesus said unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father : but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend to my Father, and your Father; and to my God and your God. Thus, no mortal hand was to be permitted to touch the Savior’s resurrected and immortalized body until after he had presented himself first to his Father in heaven. It is obvious that Mary’s impulsive attempt to tough the resurrected Jesus, and the action of the other women who held him by the feet as they bowed in worship and reverence, Christ did ascend to the Father, and that later he returned to earth to continue his ministry in his perfect bodily resurrected state. JOHN 20:16-18

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