SAVED WITHOUT BAPTISM JUST LIKE THE THIEF ON THE CROSS? BY STEVE FINNELL
Those who want to be saved like the thief on the cross evidently believe they can also be saved without receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The thief was not baptized in water and he also had not been born of the Holy Spirit.
John 7:39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.(NKJV)
The Holy Spirit was given on the Day of Pentecost after the ascension of Jesus into heaven. (Acts 1:5-11) (Acts 2:38)
Was the thief saved? Yes, he was. Can we who are living under the New Covenant be saved like the thief? No, we cannot.
John 3:5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (NKJV)
Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved...(NKJV)