"43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43
Then, a man by the name of Abraham believed in the one living and true God and chose to follow Him with His life; He so strongly held to God by faith (and not his own works) that when others who believed like him died, they called that Paradise a place called “Abraham's bosom.” It was the resting place of those who loved God before Christ died on the cross (Luke 16:19-31).
After Christ died on the cross, the scriptures inform us that he freed those believers in Abraham's bosom so that all who profess faith in Him could live with God for eternity. (Ephesians 4:8) Hallelujah! Since Christ paid for all of our sins including the thief next to him on the cross – Jesus was going to bring him to Heaven – the place where God Himself dwells. Jesus promised His very special presence to the criminal, and He promises that same presence to all who put their faith in Him.
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