Malankara World

What Shall I Do To Be Saved?

By Rev. Dr. Curian Kaniyamparambil

Question 38. Both the thief who was crucified with Jesus and Zacchaeus were saved. Were they ever baptized?

The thief was not baptized because he was on the cross when he believed. He was in such a position that he could not be baptized. The Lord had the prerogative to give him salvation and to take him to paradise. Though the Lord made an exception in this situation, can someone taking this example generalize, especially after the examples mentioned in question 37.

The incidence of Zacchaeus deserves special study. The often quoted verse is this "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham." (Luke 19:9).

Here also there are two arguments. He was baptized and that he was not.

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