You will not leave my soul in Hell
I foresaw the Lord always before my face; for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved. Therefore my heart rejoiced and my tongue exulted; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. (Psalm 16:8-10)
This passage above is the same as was quoted by Peter in Acts 2:27-31. It is a reference to the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, declaring to his Heavenly Father that he was confident that he would not leave his soul in hell nor allow his body to decay in the grave. Our Lord Jesus suffered, not only through whips, beatings and the cross, but He suffered for us in hell as well so that we wouldn’t have to. Why else would he even make this statement if hell was only a short visit with the Saints in Abraham's bosom? And let’s remember his 1agonizing plea in the Garden of Gethsemane where he asked the Father if it was possible for him not to go through all the suffering and torment that awaits Him. Would the cross alone bring such aguish that one would sweat as it were, great drops of blood?
I Say to You Today
Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." And Jesus said to him, "Amen, to you I am saying today, you will be with Me in Paradise."
We see that one of the thieves had a change of heart and was in a state of repentance before Jesus. Of course, we can see from Jesus reply that He was forgiven. But, did Jesus really mean that he would be with Him that very day in Paradise? Because let’s face it, this poses many problems when we examine the scriptures. So, let us focus on three key elements in this passage, which are first of all, That the thief said: "Lord, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom;” and secondly, Jesus said the Greek word “Amen,” in His affirmation to the thief's request; and thirdly, we have the word "Today," which we should take note where the coma is placed in this 1version of the bible. For in the original Greek, there were no comas. So, please keep all this in mind as you read on……
1Concordant Literal New Testament (also see: “Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible” or the “The Companion Bible”)
(Luke 23:42-43 1CLNT)
You will be with Me in Paradise
Now, this word Paradise that is mentioned, is a Greek word which is only mentioned in three passages in the New Testament. The first is where Paul says that he was 1“caught up into Paradise” and even mentions that it’s up in the third heaven and not in some abode inside the earth. The second is in 2Revelations where it is mentioned that the tree of life is 2in the midst of the Paradise of God, where the water of life is proceeding out of the throne of God. So, we can see that this “Paradise of God” is before the “throne of God,” and as mention before, not in some abode inside the earth. So, that being said, how can Jesus be telling the thief on the cross, “today you will be with me in paradise,” when Jesus did not ascend to His Father until after He spent three days and night in the center of the earth? For Jesus Himself said to Marry: 3“Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.” Well, the answer is simple. As said before, in the Greek there is no punctuations. So, that being said, we can read this passage as saying: “Amen, to you I am saying today, you shall be with me in Paradise.” So that day, Jesus was reassuring the dying thief that at the resurrection of the dead, he would be entering into the presents of God in Paradise.
1(2 Corinthians 12:2-4) 2(Revelation 22:1-2) 3(John 20:17)
It is Finished
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. (John 19:30)
Now we come to his statement “it is finished.” So, we must ask ourselves, what was it that he finished. Was in that moment of time that our forgiveness for our sins and our redemption was completed? For we must remember that Jesus did not die nor rise from the dead until after he said “it is finished.” For God’s word say, 1“For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” So, these two elements (his death and resurrection) are crucial for us believers because without them, there is no eternal life for us. And wouldn’t make sense if he was speaking of completeness, he would have waited until after he died and rose again to say “It is finished,” if indeed that this is what he meant? So, when Jesus said “it is finished,” he was speaking of his earthly mission which was to show us that he came from the father as well as to show us the way to the Father? For He said, 2“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. "I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. "And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. "I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.” (John 17:3-6) This is what He meant when He said, “It is Finished.”
(1 Corinthians 15:16-17) 2(John 17:3-6)
Into Your hands I commend My Spirit
And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, "Father, 'into Your hands I commit My spirit.' " Having said this, He breathed His last. (Luke 23:46)
So, what does it mean, “into your hands I commend my Spirit,” which he said to God the Father while he hung on the cross. And we know after he said that, he died physically. So, was it at this moment that he went to the Father? Of course not. For Jesus said to Marry Magdalen at the sepulcher after his resurrection, that he has not yet ascended to his Father. For He said, 1"Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.” So, we can see that this statement of Jesus: “into thy hands” is in reference to his faith and trust in his Father that he would not leave his soul in hell nor let his body experience corruption as Peter said in Acts 2:27 when he was quoting 2Psalms 16:9-10. Jesus trusted that the Father would deliver him out of hell and raise him up again bodily.
1(John 20:17) 2(or in Psalms 15:9-10 Septuagint)
The Pains of Death
"Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; "whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. (Acts 2:23-24)
Did we really grasp what is being said here? Jesus was crucified and put to death, then God raised Him from the dead, freeing or delivering Him from the “pains of death.” What pains are there in death? Now remember, this part of the scripture (the pains of death) came after He was put to death and He was not freed from it until He was raised up from the dead. So, we can see that Jesus was suffering during His death. And the only place that can be, is in the heart of the earth, which is hell itself. Jesus had to pay the full penalty for our sins, which included punishment in hell. The cross was our visual of His blood being poured out for us sinners, by the hands of us sinners. But hell was His unseen suffering where He suffered the wrath of God that was due for all us sinners.
In the Belly of the Great Fish
"For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
So, do you think that it was a picnic for Jonah in that fish being eaten up from the stomach acids and being enclosed in total darkness? It must have been horrible and tormenting for him. For let’s hear Jonah’s own words: 1“Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly, And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heard my voice.” Jonah was in “affliction” and he called his experience “hell.” So, if Jesus said, “as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish,” it comes to reason that He also must suffered for three days and three nights in hell as well. So, unless we really grasp what Jesus did for us sinners, we can never really live in that fullness of awe of the love of our God. Yes, there are those who may call me a heretic, but in Jesus time He was accused of being demonic by the religious rulers as well.
The Passover Lamb
Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it roasted in fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails. (Exodus 12:7-9 Sept.)
Now we come to the Passover Lamb which had to be slain and its blood be applied to the house in order for its occupants to be saved? Not only that, but the Passover Lamb had to go through the fire before those in the house could partake of it and come out alive. For we read, 1“Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. They shall eat the flesh on that night, roasted in fire.” So, in like manner, Jesus had to be slain and his blood applied to our hearts in order for us to be saved and forgiven. And in like manner as the Passover Lamb, He had to go through the fire so that we can now be free from God’s wrath and be partakers of his Holy Spirit. Yes it's true, Jesus had to suffer the pains of death as mention earlier, 2“Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it,” which by the way was being quoted from Psalm 114:3-4. 1(Exodus 12) 2(Acts 2:23-24)
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