This is the follow up to “OK, And So…” So, you may want to read that first. — D
And what about “the thief on the cross”?
Well, I don’t presume to know all that was going on vibrationally in the heart (spirit) of that man, but it appears that in his be-crossed state he qualified for the upper portions of the 4th dimension and what Jesus referred to as “Paradise.” This is not a bad place, though it’s not a tremendously spiritually-advanced place either (as far as I understand it).
It should also be quite obvious that this man represents (in type) those who have learned to identify (fellowship) with Christ in his sufferings by way of the crucification of their self-life, and that this is contrasted “with the other thief” who represents those who go through the trials and tribulations of the physical life (and of death) but who DENY THE CHRIST and therefore suffer the consequences of that.
In other words, suffering in and of itself may have some beneficial effects on certain people, but not usually, for it’s by way of FELLOWSHIPPING WITH CHRIST in our sufferings that we can make great gains in spirit. The “thief on the cross” seems to represent this – the rapid spiritual gains that can be had by people who deeply identify with Christ in the things that they suffer. Look at it this way…
When you suffer with someone a tremendous BOND is formed which JOINS THE HEARTS together. When you endure, and walk through and persevere and sustain calamity and crisis TOGETHER, a bond of DEEP loyalty and affection is formed between you, one that (as far as I know) can’t be formed in any other way.
To me, this is what “the thief on the cross” represents. On the surface, it may look like this guy won a ticket to “heaven” by him “believing on Jesus” in just the right way, but I don’t think that that is what we’re supposed to get out of this.