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Today Thou Shalt Be
With Me in Paradise

Up-Dated - Friday, December 06, 2013

Table of Contents
* Thief - Depraved - Represents Sinners
* Thief - Helpless in Predicament
* Thief - We are all Thieves
* Thief - Grace, the Power of God to enable thieves
* Jesus' reaction

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

Why was Jesus Crucified with Thieves?
* Death of Shame
* Position as Sacrifice for our Shame
* Picturing Opportunity to see God's Saving Grace - Power
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Thief - Depraved - Represents Sinners

Mt 27:41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Ro 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Ro 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

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Thief - Helpless in Predicament

Nailed to the Cross
Dying on the Cross
No need to clean up to come to Jesus, just come helpless

Nothing Good
Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Helpless
Ro 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Impotent
Joh 5:3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

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Thief - We are all Thieves

God has supplied us to spread the Gospel.
If we do not, we have stolen His supplies.

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Thief - Grace, the Power of God to enable thieves

2Co 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

* Acknowledgement of Jesus as Saviour
* Expressed his faith in Jesus as Saviour
* Expressed his fear
* Deserved his punishment
   - Believing faith, "Remember Me"
   - Courageous Faith, Asked for salvation in front of all

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Jesus' reaction

Jesus heard the thief, even above the accusations of the crowd.

by
James Leinneweber, Pastor
Heritage Baptist Church
Bulverde  TX

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