By The Jesus Bible
“WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?”
Faith is about trusting in Jesus regardless of daily circumstances. Paul and Silas had been beaten, stripped and thrown in jail for following Jesus (16:22 – 23), but the real test of their faith came in how they responded to their imprisonment. They didn’t seek legal action or resort to grumbling; they didn’t question God’s plan. Instead, they decided to pray and sing to God (16:25). This activity and their attitude must have seemed strange to the other prisoners — and to the jailer!
To show his glory through Paul and Silas’s circumstances, God sent an earthquake to shake things up. The jailer thought the prisoners had escaped; desperate, he prepared to take his own life: he knew he would be sentenced to death if the prisoners escaped under his watch. Instead of seeking their own welfare, Paul and Silas stayed in the prison and ministered to the jailer. It had to be mind-boggling to see two prisoners respond to his cruelty in such a tender way.
He asked the question that is “The Question” for people who have seen God and his people at work: “What must I do to be saved?” (16:30). The answer is simple because the message is clear: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (16:31). Paul was a brilliant theologian, but he also knew that the message of Jesus was beautifully simple, and he was ready to share it clearly in a moment of openness and opportunity.
Jesus, thank you for making salvation so simple, so that someone like me can receive it. Amen.
25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were loosened. 27 The jailer, being roused out of sleep and seeing the prison doors open, drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, “Don’t harm yourself, for we are all here!” 29 He called for lights, sprang in, fell down trembling before Paul and Silas, 30 brought them out, and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 They spoke the word of the Lord to him, and to all who were in his house. 33 He took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes, and was immediately baptized, he and all his household. 34 He brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his household, having believed in God.
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