Selwyn now looks at the last two words, of the eight words Jesus said to the dying thief on the cross.: ‘Today you will be with me in paradise.’ (Luke 23:43)
He says that these two words tell us that salvation ‘is perfect and complete. … Salvation may begin in an imperfect world but it ends in a perfect one.’
We are told that ‘in Greek, the word “paradise’ is used of a park, a garden, or resting place.’
In Hebrews Chapter 4, verses 1-3,6; we read: ‘Therefore , since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. Now we who believe enter that rest, just as God has said, “So, I declared in my anger, ‘They (the disobedient Israelites in the desert) shall never enter my rest.'” … It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience.’
God rested on the seventh day, and now God calls us to enter His rest which he invites us to share. Do you agree?