Have you ever considered the story of the two thieves who hung on the cross with Jesus?
Why would one of the two thieves who hung on the cross repent and change his eternity, and the other thief refuse Jesus? Luke 23:33-43.
The answer is simple. One thief responded to the call of salvation, whereas the other thief wanted public acceptance and continued to mock Jesus. Both men were in pain, and their lives hung between life and death. Yet, with all the pain Jesus endured, both men heard the voice of the Holy Spirit call them to repentance. But only one thief responded to Jesus’s acceptance of salvation, a gift to sinners.
So Jesus told the repentant thief. “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43.
What a wonderful testimony for the thief who found genuine joy and now lives with Jesus in paradise, whereas the thief who continued to mock Jesus found death and misery in the darkness of hell. The rejected thief will one day kneel before the King of Kings and look up from the depths of hell and grieve over his mistake of denying His Lord. Read Just the Edge of God.
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