© 2010 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
For preaching good news that some refused to welcome, Paul and Silas were whipped and jailed. Unruffled, they were praying and singing hymns to God around midnight when an earthquake struck. The jailer assumed his prisoners had escaped in the mayhem. Knowing his life would be required for theirs, he unsheathed his sword to kill himself. Paul stopped him—not one prisoner had fled.
Desperation still hung heavy over the jailer’s soul. He had heard the sounds of faith voiced by Paul and Silas even in their own dire situation. He couldn’t help but ask them, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30).
“And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God” (Acts 16:31-34).
The jailer eagerly embraced the good news. He was persuaded that Jesus could save him from his sins. As he turned from his sins, he washed the bloody backs of the preachers. He was baptized at once. Why? “Baptism…now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:21).
Have you asked the vital question, “What must I do to be saved?” Have you obediently accepted the Bible’s answer?
What Must We Do to Be Saved