Thursday, March 08, 2007

Patently he has done Nothing Wrong

Luke 23:41-42

41 • "And we indeed justly,
for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds;

• but this man has done nothing wrong."

42 • And he said,
"Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."

Condemnation deserved and recognized gives no hope for justification so deathbed repentance is rare. (Try and get hold of Thomas Boston 'The Extraordinary Case of the Thief on the Cross' Complete Works vol. VI p. 468) However, the central realization here is the recognition that Jesus was not worthy of condemnation: '
This man has done nothing wrong', patently. Repentance for sins committed as a result of the recognition of Christ's righteousness leads to a very big ask of one who is about to die: 'Remember me.'

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