Here is Christianity’s greatest authority on life after death…..
We will study the Greek and Hebrew words that are most important to his meaning.
Using King James Version + Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries
(Luk 23:39) And1161 one1520 of the3588 malefactors2557 which were hanged2910 railed on987 him,846 saying,3004 If1487 thou4771 be1488 Christ,5547 save4982 thyself4572 and2532 us.2248
(Luk 23:40) But1161 the3588 other2087 answering611 rebuked2008 him,846 saying,3004 Dost not3761 thou4771 fear5399 God,2316 seeing(3754) thou art1488 in1722 the3588 same846 condemnation?2917
(Luk 23:41) And2532 we2249 indeed3303 justly;1346 for1063 we receive618 the due reward514 of our deeds:3739, 4238 but1161 this man3778 hath done4238 nothing3762 amiss.824
(Luk 23:42) And2532 he said3004 unto Jesus,2424 Lord,2962 remember3415 me3450 when3752 thou comest2064 into1722 thy4675 kingdom.932
(Luk 23:43) And2532 Jesus2424 said2036 unto him,846 VERILY281 I say3004 unto thee,4671 TODAY4594 shalt thou be2071 with3326 me1700 in1722 PARADISE.3857
VERILY G281 ἀμήν amēn am-ane’
Of Hebrew origin [H543]; properly FIRM, that is, (figuratively) TRUSTWORTHY; adverbially SURELY (often as interjection SO BE IT): – amen, verily.
H543 אמן ‘âmên aw-mane’
From H539; SURE; abstractly faithfulness; adverbially TRULY: – Amen, SO BE IT, TRUTH.
H539 אמן ‘âman aw-man’
A primitive root; properly to BUILD UP OR SUPPORT; to foster as a parent or nurse; figuratively to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally TO BE TRUE OR CERTAIN; once (in Isa_30:21; by interchange for H541) to go to the right hand: – hence assurance, believe, bring up, establish, + fail, be faithful (of long continuance, steadfast, sure, surely, trusty, verified), nurse, (-ing father), (put), trust, turn to the right.
TODAY G4594 σήμερον sēmeron say’-mer-on
Neuter (as adverb) of a presumed compound of the article G3588 (“tau” changed to “sigma”) and G2250; on the (that is, THIS) DAY (or night current or just passed); genitively now (that is, at present, hitherto): – THIS (TO-) DAY.
G3588 ὁ, ἡ, τό ho hē to ho, hay, to
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom): – the, THIS, that, one, he, she, it, etc.
G2250 ἡμέρα hēmera hay-mer’-ah
Feminine (with G5610 implied) of a derivative of ἧμαι hēmai (to sit; akin to the base of G1476) meaning tame, that is, gentle; day, that is, (LITERALLY) THE TIME SPACE BETWEEN DAWN AND DARK, OR THE WHOLE 24 HOURS (but several days were usually reckoned by the Jews as inclusive of the parts of both extremes); figuratively a period (always defined more or less clearly by the context): – age, + alway, (mid-) day (by day, [-ly]), + for ever, judgment, (day) time, while, years.
PARADISE G3857 παράδεισος paradeisos par-ad’-i-sos
Of Oriental origin (compare [H6508]); a park, that is, (specifically) an Eden (place of future happiness, “paradise”): – paradise.
H6508 פּרדּס pardês par-dace’
Of foreign origin; a park: – forest, orchard.
(Gen 2:8) And the LORD3068 God430 planted5193 a garden1588 eastward4480, 6924 in Eden;5731 and there8033 he put7760 (853) the man120 whom834 he had formed.3335
H5731 עדן ‛êden ay’-den
The same as H5730 (masculine); Eden, the region of Adam’s home: – Eden.
H5730 עדנה עדן ‛êden ‛ednâh ay’-den, ed-naw’
From H5727; pleasure: – delicate, delight, pleasure. See also H1040.
H5727 עדן ‛âdan aw-dan’
A primitive root; to be soft or pleasant; figuratively and reflexively to live voluptuously: – delight self.
H1040 בּית עדן bêyth ‛êden bayth ay’-den
From H1004 and H5730; house of pleasure; Beth-Eden, a place in Syria: – Beth-eden.
H1004 בּית bayith bah’-yith
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.): – court, daughter, door, + dungeon, family, + forth of, X great as would contain, hangings. home[born], [winter]house (-hold), inside(-ward), palace, place, + prison, + steward, + tablet, temple, web, + within (-out).
H1129 בּנה bânâh baw-naw’
A primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively): – (begin to) build (-er), obtain children, make, repair, set (up), X surely.
This is scripture that is generally ignored when it comes to “heaven” theology. In this scripture Jesus tells the penitent thief firmly, surely, truthfully; today, this day, at the end of this current period you will be with me in a garden, park, or a place of delicate pleasure.
You see, we don’t die and just wait for the resurrection of this body. We make a transition from time to eternity at the precise end of this life.
We have it in very firm, truthful, and sure words as Jesus is contemplating his transition while on the cross.
His faith in this transition and his statement is very clear. He believed that his spirit lived on in his FATHER after his physical existence was over:
(Luk 23:46) And2532 when Jesus2424 had cried5455 with a loud3173 voice,5456 he said,2036 Father,3962 into1519 thy4675 hands5495 I commend3908 my3450 spirit:4151 and2532 having said2036 thus,5023 he gave up the ghost.1606 …Remember, that he told the thief that he would be there with him also (this day) today.
Remember, also that the next moment could be the moment of your transition and live accordingly.
Most of our scriptures are a very narrow interpretation of the Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek words that were used to transmit the words of truth to us. Dig deeply and find the fullness of the message that was transmitted to us.