One of my favorite pictures of salvation is found in the 16th chapter of the book of Acts. Remember in this passage (verses 22-34) Paul and Silas have been imprisoned in solitary confinement and severely flogged for setting a young lady free from a demonic spirit. In the passage we see Paul and Silas with their feet in stocks lifting up the praise of their great Savior. We read in verse 25 “But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them” (NASB). In this verse we see the amazing praise of God’s suffering servants. We also see a miraculous deliverance through an earthquake where God unchains all the prisoners and opens the prison doors.
This resulted in a question being asked by the jailer, in verse 30, that all of us need to ask. That question is “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” The jailer was aware that something supernatural had just happened. He was conscious of the wrath of God that was falling on him and asked about doing something or accomplishing some task in order to be saved. But you see salvation is really not about what we do but about what God does for us. Notice Paul’s answer when he states “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household” (v. 31 NASB). Here’s a profoundly simple answer – “Believe in the Lord Jesus”. Paul did not suggest a system of sacraments, 5 pillars of doing, no religious organization to join, and no law to follow. Paul simply urged faith in Jesus Christ. When we come to Jesus in simple faith, believing He died for our sins and rose again for our salvation we will be saved. Now verse 32 tells us, “and they spoke the Word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house, “(NASB). Once we come to faith in Christ it is good to have others instruct us in all it means to be a child of the King. I’m sure this was no vague or shallow instruction which Paul and Silas gave these spiritually awakened souls. They explained all it meant to believe in Jesus. The whole family drank in these wonderful words of life and their hearts were opened to the gospel. We read “and he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household” (v.33 NASB).
How about you, have you asked the question, “What must I do to be saved?” This is the most important question we can ask and when we find the answer it will have the most amazing affect on our life and on our family. The answer is rather simple, “Believe in the Lord Jesus”!
For God’s Glory,