2006-03-25 - The Seven Last Words of Christ
(Lk. 23:34) "...today you will be with me in paradise."
What does this mean, to us today?
It means that the only requirements for salvation are repentance and faith. Contrary to what some teach, baptism isn't required for salvation. It's an outward sign, not a prerequisite for Heaven.
It means that Jesus loved the outcasts, just as much as He did everyone else.
It means that no matter what we have done, if we are truly repentant, God will forgive us. Whether our sin involves commiting a crime, hurting a family member, stealing or whatever, it's covered by Christ's sacrifice. To say otherwise is to deem his death for us as insufficient. We need to do what we can to make things right, but God will forgive us if we repent, and the sin won't affect our salvation. It means there is hope for the vilest of sinners, including us.
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