“…Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:42-43
There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood is one of my favorite hymns. I particularly like the second verse which says, “The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day; And there have I, though vile as he, washed all my sins away”.
In order to come to Christ a person must see himself as vile as that dying thief who hung beside of Jesus. I am afraid many people think they will go to Heaven because they are good.
They are kind to their neighbors.
They go to church.
They say their prayers.
They provide for their family.
They give to charity etc.
But God says, “…There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:10-18
Good people can’t be saved.
And only the Holy Spirit can prove to someone that they are indeed as vile as that thief.
Jesus said,“…They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick:I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Mark 2:17
Jesus Christ came to call sinners.