Sometimes what is not written in the Bible can be just as revealing as what is in there.
Take for example the exchange between Jesus and the thief on the cross.
The thief does recognise Jesus as Lord (Luke 23 v 42).
This is enough for Jesus to say he will be in heaven with Him; that to me says he will be saved (Luke 23 v 43)
The thief does not have to ask for forgiveness.
The thief does not have to confess and repent of all his sins.
The thief does not have to do any good works; well he could not do any as he was on a cross!
He did not have to be baptised or attend membership classes or do any other ‘works’ that some seem to think is essential for salvation.
He recognised Jesus as Lord and that was enough.
In the gospel of John we see people asking Jesus what works they have to do for God (John 6 v 28).
Jesus replies that all they have to do is believe on Him (John 6 v 29).
There is no works you can do to be saved, there is no works you can do to be forgiven, and there is no works you can do to make yourself righteous.
It is your belief (and nothing else) in Jesus and His finished work that is important.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have been saved and made righteous as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus and His finished work”,
Luke 23 v 42 and 43…..And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise