The teachings on “paradise”, and the promise made by Jesus to a malefactor while upon the cross are topics, today.  For many Christian believers “paradise” identifies the perfected earth, and the Garden of Eden lost by Adam and Eve through disobedience and distrust of divinity.  By his death upon the cross, Jesus Christ fulfills prophecy crushing the head of the serpent, and as the Son of Man, recovers for all mankind the dominion over paradise that was lost.  Similarly, paradise is taken to be a place of divine rest following service, the place of sacred peace, pleasure and reward as well as the place where divinity is present in fullness.  Regarding paradise, the holy writings present many points displaying subtlety (i.e., barely visible differences or sameness; hidden shifts in meaning and value).  Readers must maintain focus upon the eternal purposes of GOD.  It is not surprising that those applying finite human tools and understandings repeatedly are dissatisfied and frustrated when speaking of heaven, and eternal life.  Despite that they are not translators, such believers will quibble about such elements as the language for the original text, historical accuracy, and the placement of a comma where, in fact, what is required is the declaration of ones own faith, and the revealing of ones own spirit content.  Therein is the malefactor recognized as baptized—not with water, rebirth, or fire—with the same baptism as Jesus.  Consider again the following, and the presentation below:

2nd Peter 1:  2-5, King James Version (KJV):  2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

Psalms 16:  10-11, KJV:  10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life:  in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Matthew 20:  20-23, KJV:  20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.  21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.  22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.  23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with:  but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

Matthew 25:  31-34, KJV:  31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  32 And before him shall be gathered all nations:  and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:  33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.  34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Lesley” (Level 5 with 6,014 points, a member since July 24, 2014) posted the following:

 

Christians, what is this “paradise” Jesus speaks of in Luke 23:43? Is it the same place as “Abraham’s bosom” mentioned in Luke 16:19-31?

Update:  The KJV, NKJV, NASB, NIV, ESV, and RSV all place the comma before the word ‘today.’ Also, the Jewish people would know exactly what Jesus was referring to in Luke 16:19-31. Any insights on this place called “Abraham’s bosom”? Is this an expression that represents the “paradise” Jesus said the thief on the cross would go to? Anybody got information on the Hebrew word for “paradise” in the context of Luke 16:19-31?

Jesus never said the thief or the poor man were going to heaven, right?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.  (1st Corinthians 3:  11-15, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Belief In Another World? (02/17/2016); The Bridge To Heaven (01/27/2016); The Scale of Salvation? (12/13/2015); Discovered Differences? (09/18/2015); Expulsion from Eden (05/05/2014); Blasphemy Against the GODhead (05/06/2014); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013); My Brother’s Keeper (04/05/2013)

 

“Lesley”, trust that, despite time and space, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now.  The Savior’s promise to a thief while dying upon the cross further reveals the process of salvation for mankind as one of divine utterance (we say, breath, spirit, word) made visible as proclamation, promise, and prophecy.  Many mature Christian believers hold that “heaven” and “paradise” are to be understood in the same way as “the kingdom of GOD.”  Paradise, then, is not a location within the frameworks of time and space; rather, it as a spiritual condition, a peculiar immersion within spirit substance from the makeup of Deity, and a way of further describing operations of divinity that are ongoing and eternal.  Included are covenant, the imparting and indwelling of the Holy Spirit, sacred law (the expressed will of GOD), judgment, justification, divine ownership, the distribution of rewards following the close of judgment against sin, and transformation of human existence to continue mankind as immortal and incorruptible.  Believers often become confused, because speaking of paradise also involves considering the place of the dead, and the continuing state of those departed.  Any description of paradise as a place for carnal pleasures is not in keeping with the work of the cross, and the ongoing ministry of the gospel.  Consider again how these points appear in language from the Bible:

(1.)  Matthew 13:  47-51, King James Version (KJV):  47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:  48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.  49 So shall it be at the end of the world:  the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,  50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire:  there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.

(2.)  Ecclesiastes 12:  7, KJV:  12 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was:  and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

(3.)  John 4:  23-24, KJV:  23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:  for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  24 God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

(4.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

(5.)  Revelation 6:  8-11, KJV:  8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse:  and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.  9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:  10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?  11  And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

(6.)  Daniel 7:  14, KJV:  14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him:  his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  Matthew 7:  21-23, KJV:  21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:  depart from me, ye that work iniquity.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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