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The Questions From Saul And The Philippian Jailer


"What shall I do, Lord? I asked." (Acts 22:10).... "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16:30).

Two questions are asked in regard to salvation by two different men from the Book of Acts in today's verses. The 1st was asked by Saul (Paul) after he saw the Lord on the way to Damascus and the 2nd by the Philippian jailer after an earthquake opened the prison doors. Paul is introduced to us as a persecutor of Christians. His conscience didn't hurt him in doing this because he thought he was doing the right thing. Jesus appeared to Paul to ultimately qualify him for apostleship, but rather than tell him what to do to be saved, He sent him to Ananias. Ananias witnessed to him and then answered the question in Acts 22:16... "And now what are you waiting for? Get up and be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on His name." It certainly appears here that baptism stands between a penitent believer and the washing away of his sins. The Philippian jailer, on the other hand, was an unbeliever from the start who was alarmed by the earthquake and its results. There is little evidence that he had ever heard a gospel sermon about Jesus.... So, what is the answer given to this unbeliever? "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved." But the story does not end here. They preached to him so that he might believe. (Rom.10:17) The jailer then repented... "At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and his whole family were baptized.... he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God ---- he and his whole family... (16:33-34). Baptism accompanied repentance and belief in both of these cases, as each of these men came to salvation. Tomorrow, we will review all of this and hopefully come to the correct conclusion....

Have a wonderful day.... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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