Scripture Passage: Acts 16:23-31
The Gospel is meant to be told simply. God wants salvation to be made simple, because it is His desire that anyone can understand and obtain it.
Acts 16:23-31 tells the story of Paul and Silas, who have been put in prison for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They’ve been beaten and stuffed into a dungeon; yet, they are singing and praising God. Then came a great earthquake, and the prison doors and shackles came undone. They were free. When the jailor saw that the prisoners were freed, yet remained in their cell, he asked, “What must I do to be saved?” Paul and Silas’s answer reveals the beautiful simplicity of salvation.
First, we must consider the meaning of salvation. To be saved means to be delivered from sin. Sin comes in three forms:
- The wrong we do
- The right we don’t do
- The good we do without God
So what does it mean to be saved from sin? We are saved from the penalty, the pollution, the power and the presence of sin.
Second, we must consider the man of salvation: the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 16:30 says “...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved.”
When these disciples said, “Lord” they meant He’s the Master of our lives.
When these disciples said, “Jesus” they meant He's the Mediator between us and God.
When these disciples said, “Christ” they meant He’s the Messiah, the one who saves.
Finally, remember the method of salvation: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. What does it mean to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ? It is not mere intellectual belief. The demons believe and tremble (James 2:19), and they are certainly not saved. “Believe on” means “commit to”. Commit to the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Rom. 10:13)
And whosoever means anybody, any time, any place, anywhere.
Apply it to your life
If someone asks you, “How can I be saved?” as the jailor asked Paul and Silas, would you know what to say?