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 Church and Salvation

By

Shelby G. Floyd

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We commonly hear religious people say that it doesn’t make any difference whether you are a member of the church or not, that you can be a Christian outside of the church, and therefore you can be saved without the church. They will say that you do not need to be a member of any church to be saved. Can one be saved outside the church? Our question must be answered by the Bible.

Is Salvation Possible Outside of the Church?

God has always circumscribed his blessings within a certain sphere. Those who are without that sphere are without the blessings that God has placed within that particular place. For instance, God placed salvation from the flood within the ark. Those who failed to hear the preaching of Noah and enter the ark were lost. Those, who by faith did believe Noah, entered into the ark of safety, and were saved from the flood. Peter made mention of this fact, and used it by way of illustration, when he said, “who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3: 20-21 NKJV).

Eight People Were Saved in the Ark

God was longsuffering while the ark was being prepared; but very few entered into the ark. Only eight souls were saved in the ark and by the water. That was a figure of how people are saved today. God not only tells us by whom we are saved, but he tells us by what we are saved, and where we are saved. The Bible teaches us that we are saved by Christ, which is the “who.” For instance, Paul says, “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5: 9). The apostle further says, “Therefore endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2: 10).

Paul was willing to endure, suffer and sacrifice all things for the elect’s sakes—those are the ones that are saved—that they may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus. Where is salvation? It’s in Christ Jesus. Moreover, there is no salvation in any other, “This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4: 12). This adds up that God has appointed us to be saved through our Lord Jesus Christ, that salvation is in Christ Jesus, and one can’t be saved by any other name.

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