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Salvation Made Simple

"The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He brought them out and asked, 'Sirs, What must I do to be saved?' " (Acts 16: 29-30).

The question asked by the jailer in the city of Philippi, is one that has been asked many, many times for two centuries. You might want to read the entire story to get the full effect. This week, I want to do a series of devotionals about salvation. In our Bibles, this is not the only time that this same question has been asked, and we;ll look at a few others. To gain one's salvation is to become a Christian, so we can see the extreme importance of the question and its answer. I would like to start this study by parsing the question so that we do not miss a thing...

(1) "What." This suggests that there is something required of a person to be saved.
(2) "Must." This eliminates options from the matter... It is a absolute necessity.
(3) "I." This denotes the individual responsibility in human redemption. God has done His part.
(4) "Do." This suggests activity on the part of a person in being saved.
(5) "To be saved." This is the object sought by the person asking it. The saving is done by another. But what must a person actually do to be saved by the Savior?

Lets take a look at how we should precede to answer the question. First of all, lets eliminate feelings, opinions or prejudice from the mix... These tend to vary with different people, and may cloud the issue rather that make it clear... Since this is a Spiritually inspired question, we must go to the Spiritually inspired Bible and read the question each time it is found, together with its answer. This would be scriptural and correct beyond question, and furthermore, it would present the whole truth on it. The question is found, substantially, only four times in the New Testament, and one of these was while the law of Moses was in effect. I hope you will enjoy this study and be enriched and encouraged by it. I'll give you a hint to tomorrow's devotional. You will need to read Mk.10:17 to get it. Let me know what you think...

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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