The criminal on the cross: “Do you not fear God? This man has done nothing wrong to deserve death (by Caesar or God). We are suffering the due penalty (death) for our crimes. Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Jesus: “Today, you will be with me in paradise.”
Since the “death in our place” or “wrath of God on Him instead of us” and “spiritual death” is totally absent, and the criminal believing he was suffering for his own offenses at the hands of God through Caesar, how was he saved by believing and making professions about himself and Christ that were totally against and the EXACT OPPOSITE of the penal substitute gospel?