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32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

 

Verses 32-34 show evidence of the jailor’s salvation.

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Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.

The idea was not that when the jailor believed, his entire family believed, but that his household received the message of salvation from the gospel team. Redemption of the individual depends on individual belief (Jn 3:16).

16:33

And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.

The jailor washed Paul and Silas’s stripes from their beating. Immediately after the jailor and his family accepted Christ, they were baptized. His whole family testified to their faith in Christ by baptism. Their baptism followed immediately upon their conversion.

16:34

Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

After his and his family’s salvation, the jailor took Paul and Silas to his home, where he fed them and rejoiced in his salvation. The jailor went in a short time from the emotion of committing suicide to joy in his salvation.

PRINCIPLE:

The salvation of the soul is wholly by faith.

APPLICATION:

To believe in Christ is to accept His claim of deity and His work of paying for sins on the cross.

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