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Luke 23:39-43 - Jesus and the other two criminal souls chat amongst themselves

One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!" But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."


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Following the colon that ended verse thirty-eight, verse thirty-nine begins with a capitalized “Heis,” divinely elevating “One” to be a statement to a statement of “Self,” as a “Soul” alone, unmarried to Yahweh. This singular number is now being applied to a voice coming from this scene of death, as “One” of the “criminals” speaking. The whole of this verse can then literally be shown to say, “One now of this having been hanged criminals he spoke evil himself , <saying> Not yourself you exist this Anointed one ? rescue yourself kai ourselves !” Here, it is important to see the angle brackets that surround “saying” (“<legōn>”). Those mark a silent statement, such that nobody hanging from any cross was able to waste what breaths they struggled to take in by uttering “blasphemies” at anyone. This is the “One” souls speaking, which was “speaking evil” (“eblasphēmei”)before no longer having the luxury of still connecting to a barely living body of flesh. This “One” would then be the “criminal” that was said to be “who from out of left hand.” The use of “himself” (“auton”) speaks as a statement against his own “soul” (“himself”), while directing his words at the “soul” of Jesus (“himself) He questioned the soul of Jesus, asking, “Not yourself you exist this Christ?” That becomes a challenge to prove Jesus was indeed the “soul” created by Yahweh [Adam’s Yahweh elohim]; but the challenge was not asking if Jesus’ soul (“himself”) was “Anointed” by Yahweh, expecting (as “One”) only a living body of flesh could be a “Christ.” The “One criminal” soul was so in love with being captive by its flesh that it denied there being anything of value beyond the flesh. Thus, the “blasphemy” or “evil speak” was to command the soul of Jesus, to “rescue his body of flesh,” and more importantly take down the other two criminals and save their flesh too (“ourselves”). None of that requested salvation of their souls … only saving mortal flesh, so it could die some other time.


Verse forty then begins with a capitalized “Apokritheis,” which is a divinely elevated response made to the “One.” Here, the divine elevation is saying the soul of “the other criminal” dying on a cross, but still connected to his body of flesh, spoke up, “having taken up this conversation” between souls. The whole of this verse can then be seen to literally say, “Taken up the conversation now , this other was rebuking himself , saying , Not you fear yourself this God , that within this himself judgment you exist ,” This now become the mirror image to the “One,” as the duality that makes “One” exist as both body and soul. This becomes a reflection of the conscience speaking from within, speaking of his soul (“himself”), knowing the truth that said, “Not you fear your soul coming from this God, whose judgment gave you life in this flesh that now hangs near death on a Roman cross.” This says souls separating from their flesh become unified together, to be shown the truth of their lives, before God’s judgment. The other soul “rebuked” the “One” selfish soul for being that, importantly “Not” thanking “God” for having presented each soul with a chance for redemption.


In verse forty-one, the soul of “this other” continued to speak sense to the “One,” while pointing out the innocence of Jesus’ soul. It begins with the word “kai,” showing importance, while asking a question posed to the “One.” The whole of this verse then literally says, “kai ourselves truly righteously ? worthy indeed of what we practiced we are rightly receiving our due ; here now nothing unrighteous he practiced .” This becomes a confession of the truest sense, coming from the soul of a criminal sentenced justly to die for his crimes. The importance is the question asked to the “One,” while including his own soul (“we” and “our”) in asking how the “One” could be so selfishly blind to the truth, while being so close to death and judgment. The objective of Yahweh placing a soul into a body of flesh (being “One”) is for the soul to find a way to live “righteously.” The “other” soul was confessing his soul and that of “this other” were no “righteous” in life, therefore they turned to crime. Their judgment by men was just; but the judgment of men against Jesus was unjust. Neither “criminal” deserved continued life in the flesh, while Jesus’ soul did not deserve this fate placed upon his soul by men. The soul of “this other” knew the sins of the “One” and his own soul, while also knowing the truth of the soul of Jesus being “righteous.” That recognition then confessed the soul of Jesus to indeed be “Anointed” by Yahweh – a “Christ.”


In verse forty-two, the soul of “this other” spoke to the soul of Jesus, as if honestly wanting to apologize for the “blasphemy” of the “One.” This is an important continuation, as the verse begins with the word “kai.” The whole of this verse can then be shown to say, “kai he was saying , Jesus , remember me whenever you go into this kingdom of yourself !” In this, the importance is the recognition of the name of the soul that was lingering close to his soon to be dead flesh, just like the souls of the “two criminals.” To address the “righteous soul” as “Jesus” – a capitalized word that means “Yahweh Saves” – says the soul of the criminal to the “right hand” again recognized this innocent, righteous soul was a “Christ” – “Anointed” by Yahweh – Saved by Him. As a soul acknowledging this “righteous” soul as such, he avowed that the signage above his “Head” was true. Jesus was the “KING OF THIS OF JEWS,” who believed in a “Christ.” Thus, that “right hand” soul asked the Son of Yahweh to “remember me whenever you go into this kingdom” that was set as where “your soul” (“yourself”) reigns. He acknowledged that Jesus was indeed a “KING,” as the Son of God.


In verse forty-three, we read of Jesus responding to that “other” soul. This reply is most important to grasp, as this verse begins with a capitalized “Kai.” The whole of this verse then literally says, “Kai he said to himself , Truly to yourself I say , now after of me you will exist within this to Paradise .” Again, seeing the translations that reveal “self” as statements spoken divinely to the “soul” of “this other,” the soul of Jesus said to the soul of “this other” the “Truth” (from a capitalized “Amēn.” The Greek word “sēmeron” cannot be translated as saying “today,” simply because none of the three who were crucified were dead. The other two criminals would still be alive days later, when Friday would come and Jesus’ side would be pierced to prove his soul had departed his body of flesh. The other two would linger longer, suffering on the slow, agonizing instrument of death that was a Roman crucifix. Thus, the word translates as “now.” By saying “now,” that was a confession of “Truth” heard and “Truth” being the judgment of the Father, made through the Son’s soul. The key word is then “met’” (“meta”), which says “after,” in relationship to “now.” For Jesus to say, “of me you will exist within this Paradise,” that says a soul reaching the “kingdom” of Jesus’ soul born within one’s own soul, one has to have “Yahweh Saves” as the governor of one’s being. It says Jesus was already in the state of “Paradise,” but the confession and recognition of Jesus as the “righteousness” required to enter his “kingdom” means Yahweh’s judgment would grant “this other criminal” a second chance (unlike the “One” who rejected becoming Jesus within his soul). The lesson here should not be a death bed confession granting a “criminal” (Law-breaker) soul eternal life in heaven. It more importantly gives a lost soul another shot at redemption, leading to Salvation.

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