Kent Crumpler (26
"How Was the Thief on the Cross Saved?"
The thief on the cross at the same time Jesus was
on the cross, received salvation right there on the spot. How was he
able to do this without a water baptism in Jesus name or a Holy Ghost
The new testament covenant was not in effect yet.
Jesus had not yet been glorified; he was still alive when he granted
the thief salvation. The new testament covenant went into effect on the
day of Pentecost; the day that the promise of the Father (The Holy
Ghost) was given in the upper room. This was some 50+ days later after
that day of the cross.
Secondly, I believe that
repentance/belief/faith is what saved the thief. I am not familiar with
what was in place for salvation during this time, but I'm certain the
new testament was not in force.
This question/topic comes up quite a bit and I truly hope this helps many.