Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
This is the most important question anyone can ask. It is the thought on the mind of the Philippian jailer when he understands Paul and Silas are sent by God.
And it is the reason why Paul and his company have left their homes. To take the message of rescue to the world!
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.”
The answer to the question is Jesus! It is He who came to earth and died for the sins of the world. He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, opening the way to live with God forever.
The jailer believed in Jesus power to save him. He took Paul and Silas out of the prison and washed their wounds - then immediately he and all his family were baptized.
We see once again the coupling of faith and baptism. Immersion in water for the remission of sins – as Peter first preached in Jerusalem –is what faith leads a student of Jesus to do.
In fact, baptism is so closely linked to faith that in the Book of Acts nobody who came to faith in Jesus delayed their baptism once they were told of its necessity.
Here it says the jailer and his household were baptized immediately!
Baptism is God’s preordained response of faith in Jesus. In baptism one demonstrates his trust in Jesus’ sacrifice. It is being born again as the Teacher said, “You must be born of water and the Spirit.”
Faith that leads to the obedience of baptism brings forgiveness of sins, entrance into the Church of Christ and the Gift of the Holy Spirit.
What must I do to be saved? This is The Question!