Believe in the Lord Jesus ...

The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!” The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” [Acts 16:27-31 NLT]

I wonder how many prisoners were in the jail that night? It is amazing that the prisoners had stayed in their cells. I wonder if it was the sounds of Paul and Silas praising God that held them captive? The jailer must have been relieved to hear Paul shout out to him. His reaction is so profound - he saw the Lord at work in the earthquake and discerned that God was speaking to him through it. Interesting how Paul was concerned for more than just the jailer.

How would the leaders at your church have answered the jailer? Would they have added anything to Paul's simple, yet perfect, response? The Greek word pisteuĊ is simply translated believe but the concept is not all that simple as the word carries with it the notion of entrusting yourself to the care of another. Salvation is never about some sort of mental assent to an ideology or theology but about fully giving your whole being to Jesus Christ. It always has been.

Cause us to believe again Lord and in every way give ourselves fully to you.

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