MEN OF THE BIBLE (THE PHILIPPIAN JAILER: FINDING SALVATION)

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The jailer at Philippi was sleeping soundly while Paul and Silas sang praises to God at midnight. But God caused an earthquake that left him wide awake and terrified. All the locked prison doors swung open and all the prisoners were freed of their constraints. Since his own blood would be shed if they escaped, he probably saw his life flash before his eyes.      Paul and Silas clearly answered the jailer’s plea to tell him how to be saved. Whether he first wanted to be saved from the wrath of God or of Rome is left unsaid. But after they explained what Jesus had done, he believed in the saving power of the crucified and risen Messiah of the Jews.

It’s notable that while Paul and Silas spoke to the jailer about what Jesus had done, the Bible tells us that he “rejoiced, believing in God”-a clear, if seldom-recognized proof text that Jesus is God in the flesh.

ACTS: 30-34- [He] brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in this house. . . .And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

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