What about the thief on the cross?

OK let’s take a Biblical look at him.
First point is that when Jesus came to be a sacrifice for our sins it was under the OLD TESTAMENT LAW for the law always required a sacrifice and so Jesus Himself was under the LAW being born into Israel by a Jewish (Tribe of Judah) mother. So all of His life had to comply with the LAW to become the perfect sacrifice. Once He became the perfect sacrifice the Law was finished and so when the thief on the cross asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His Kingdom Jesus who was still alive said “Today you will be with Me in paradise” Jesus who declared that He had power on earth to forgive sins (Luke 5:24) forgave the thief and granted him permission to go with Him. Some believe that Jesus meant that He would be just placed in a garden when he died but on the three occasions that word is used the first is when Jesus says it to the thief on the cross then the second time is when Paul describes a man’s visit to paradise of which he says words could not describe and third is when the elect are there and given the right to eat of the tree of life in the midst of paradise of God. The other thought is that paradise just means a park or garden well the Greek word for garden is “Kepos” where Jesus was laid but paradise is “Paradeisos” Different words with different meanings. The thief died under the Old Testament Law and was forgiven by Jesus
but once Jesus died the New testament Law came into effect of which there is a totally different Covenant to that of the Old.

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