The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ (Part 2).pdf

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perpetrators of sin. Then and there Satan and his hosts would have been 'cast into the lake of fire' to suffer forever. The winds of God's wrath would have scorched the earth with the fires of justice. No man would have had a chance at salvation, because no man deserved a chance. But, thank God, Jesus prayed, Hold the winds of wrath back until the elect are sealed. There are some among these at the cross who will turn when the significance of their crime dawns upon them. Father, postpone the day of judgment. Give them a chance. And because of that prayer, the gospel has been proclaimed and many an unworthy sinner has been saved. (Ibid., pp. 24, 25) 6. It can be seen through this first statement that Jesus was, among other things, simply putting in practice that which He had once preached: "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." (Mt. 5:43-44) 7. One final question: Did the Father answer this request? An answer may be seen by the testimony of the officiating Roman military commander at the cross some six hours later: "And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God. There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome." (Mk. 15:39-40) B. TWO: "Verily, I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise." (Lk. 23:43) 1. At first, both thieves were reviling Jesus, along with the crowd. (Mt. 27:44; Mk. 15:32) Note especially the language of the unrepentant thief: "And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us." (Lk. 23:39) 2. Particularly significant are the words, "Come down from the cross." Thus, Satan had once worked through an apostle attempting to prevent Jesus from going to the cross: "From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an
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14 offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men." (Mt. 16:21-23) He now, working through this thing, attempts to prevent Jesus from dying on the cross! 3. The second statement emphasizes several facts concerning the subject of salvation: That salvation is offered to anyone, anywhere. Are deathbed conversions valid? They are indeed, for there is one noted here. But we quickly note: There is one deathbed conversion in the Bible, so no dying man will despair. There is only one, so no living man will presume.
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