A CONVERSION IN PHILIPPI

By

Shelby G. Floyd

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On the second evangelistic journey Paul and Silas were shamefully treated in Philippi. They were severely flogged and committed to the jailor, who was commanded to keep them safely. This he did by putting them in the inner cell and fastening their feet in the stocks.

What Must I Do To Be Saved?
Paul and Silas were heroic in their faith. They were praying and singing unto God, when about midnight there was a great earthquake that shook the prison and released the prisoners. The jailor, rather than be humiliated by the Roman government was about to take his life, when Paul cried out, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” After falling down trembling, he brought Paul and Silas out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved” (Acts 16:30)?

Believe in the Lord Jesus and You Will Be Saved
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved—you and your household” (Acts 16:31). The jailor was a Gentile and had no or very little knowledge about Jesus. So how could he believe? It was necessary that the word of God be presented to him about Christ and his plan to save man. This they did (Acts 16:32).

Belief + Repentance + Baptism = Forgiveness
This teaching involved repentance and baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We know this is the case, because the jailor washed their stripes on their backs, and took them somewhere. Where did he take them? He took them to a place where there was water sufficient to baptize—and he and his family were immersed into Christ for the forgiveness of sins. The Bible says, “Then immediately he and his family were baptized (Acts 16:33).

The Jailor Was Saved By Faith, But Not Faith Alone!
The jailor and everyone today are saved by faith, but not faith alone. After the jailor believed, he repented of his sins, evidenced by acts of kindness toward Paul and Silas. Then he took Paul and Silas, and he and his family were baptized to be saved. All of these actions are how he was saved by faith, and was summed up by this eyewitness statement of the author: “The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household” (Acts 16:34).

The Saved Are Filled With Joy after Baptism
Conversions recorded in Acts of Apostles, confirm that no one ever was joyful of their salvation until after they were baptized, predicated on their faith, repentance, and confession! Have you rejoiced because you were baptized into Christ, where all spiritual blessings are to be found (Ephesians 1:3, 7)? Have you been baptized in order to be saved (Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21)?

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The Conversion of a Jailor

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Shelby G. Floyd

Jailor Baptized

On the second evangelistic journey Paul and Silas were shamefully treated in Philippi. They were severely flogged and committed to the jailor who was commanded to keep them safely. This he did by putting them in the inner cell and fastening their feet in the stocks. Continue reading “The Conversion of a Jailor”

Conversion of Paul

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Shelby G. Floyd

Paul Baptism

Saul of Tarsus, the foremost persecutor of Christ and the church, did everything within his power to stop the movement of the early Christians. First, we take a look at,

Saul the Persecutor

Acts 8:1-4
And Saul was there, giving approval to his death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.

But after this took place he underwent a great change in his convictions and was converted to Christ. He was later to become the greatest salesman in history.

Saul’s Encounter with Christ

As he neared the ancient city of Damascus, Syria, a great light brighter than the noon day sun appeared unto him and a voice from heaven asked him why he was persecuting him. He asked, “Who are you Lord” (Acts 9:5)? And the voice spoke again and said, “I am Jesus of Nazareth whom you are persecuting” (Acts 9:5). Saul wanted to know what he must do. Jesus instructed him to go into the city and it would be told him what he must do. At this point, most preachers today would have said “you do not need to do anything but believe!”

It Will Be Told You What You Must Do

He went to a house on Straight Street and was in deep penitence for three days, neither eating nor drinking. The Lord sent the gospel preacher Ananias to speak to Saul, informing him that Saul was a chosen vessel to speak before kings, Gentiles and the house of Israel. The Persecutor was to become the Persecuted: “I must show how many things he must suffer for my name’s sake” (Acts 9:16).

When Ananias arrived, he at once stated that his mission was to restore his sight and that he might be filled with the Holy Spirit. Immediately, Saul arose and was baptized (Acts 9:18). Jesus said that “he that believes and is baptized shall be saved (Mark 16:15-16). Later, when Paul (formerly Saul) related his own account of his conversion he quoted Ananias to the effect that he was to,

Be Baptized and Wash Away Your Sins

Acts 22:16
“And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”

The above scripture is an inspired commentary on Romans 10:13, that says, “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” No one can call upon the name of the Lord without being baptized for the forgiveness of sin. All the examples in Acts of Apostles follow the example of Paul’s conversion to Christ. Sinners were instructed to believe in Christ as the Son of God, repent of their sins, confess their faith publicly and be baptized for the remission of sins. This plan is still in effect today. Any recommended plan that does not include these actions on the part of the sinner is not salvation by faith. “The faith that saves is the faith that obeys.”

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