CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 40

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 16:30 “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

This jailer for the first time had an encounter with the supernatural power of God. It was not any high-sounding convincing words. The Holy Spirit himself using the various events, that is

(1) Paul’s act of worshipping the father even at a perilous moment,

(2) the earthquake which tore their chain and broke the stocks asunder and

(3) the love demonstrated by Paul, when he asked him not to kill himself but they were all there. These events brought the reality of the divine power of God home to him. He had to surrender and accept the message and the truth Paul carried. Dear child of God your comportment and trust in the Lord in times of challenges speaks volumes. It even overshadows or throws great clarity on the messages you have been saying.

The man then asked what must I do to be saved? There is nothing in relation to works that one has to do to be saved. In Matthew 19:16-26 a man came to Jesus and asked good master what good thing must I do to be saved?  The Lord then narrated a number of good things that he had to do “to be saved”. This man said he has been doing these from his youthful age. The Lord then asked him to go and sell all that he had, and give it to the poor, then he would have treasure in heaven. This man could not do that one, and so left with a sad face. Jesus’ disciples then asked who then can be saved? The Lord answered this is impossible with man but with God all things are possible. Jesus was driving the point home that there is nothing one can do to inherit the Salvation of God. It is purely through the power of God.

Ephesians 2:8 and 9 reads “For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourself it is the gift of God “. As the Lord said in Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them and said unto them, with men this is impossible but with God all things are possible”. All those who are trying to fulfill some righteousness before they could be saved are doing an impossible thing.

In the case of the jailer, Apostle Paul said it straight to him, “believe on the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved and your household”. Paul explained the gospel to him and to those of his household. The man with his household believed and they were baptised. Jesus is the only door through which one could be saved. Good works are the results of salvation not that which effects salvation.

CONFESSION

I am saved and born again, not on the grounds of any good thing I did, but because I accepted the finished work of my Lord Jesus Christ. I now live a holy life because I have received the NEW LIFE that makes holiness possible.

FURTHER STUDIES

Acts 4:12 ” Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”.

Romans 10:9-10 ” That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto

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