'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
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Each year, I choose one of the 'rooms' of 'my house in and with Jesus' to post 'special posts', in celebration and remembrance of significant events in the life of my Savior, Jesus Christ.
This year, 'in Remembrance of the Crucifixion; the Resurrection and Ascension', of My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, it is on my heart to post here at 'the Welcome Room', posts for this marvelous 'season of remembrance'. [See all the posts during the Month of April, 2019]
By the end of this series, we will have studied:
THE RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION OF JESUS and
WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
Post 5, May 9, 2019; Post 6, May 21, 2019; Post 7, May 23, 2019
Continuing today, May 21, 2019 from our post with Scriptures for you to first review posted on May 9, 2019.
It may seem confusing that the same question, 'what must I do to be saved', was given three different answers. It may even appear to be grounds for rejecting all the answers because they seem to be in conflict. In fact the three answers are in harmony and together provide a biblical understanding of what anyone needs to do to be saved.
a. An Illustration, in the natural, first.
To see the harmony of the three answers, consider the following illustration. Suppose a traveler is making his first trip from New York to Chicago. Before he leaves, he fills his tank with gasoline. He asks a service-station attendant, "How far is it to Chicago?" The attendant replies, "835 miles."
About seven hours later he stops in Youngstown, Ohio, to eat and asks the server, "How far is it to Chicago?" She tells him, "419 miles." From Youngstown he drives to Toledo, Ohio, where he stops to refuel. He asks the attendant, "How far is it to Chicago?" He is told, "244 miles." The traveler is not surprised at the different and seemingly conflicting answers he receives even though the question is always the same. He accounts for the difference because he understands the question was asked at three different locations.
b. Now, let's apply this principle to the the three examples of salvation. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
The jailer, the Jews on the day of Pentecost, and Saul of Tarsus were given different answers to the same question because they were at three different locations on the road to salvation.
1) The jailer was a man who, when he asked what to do to be saved, was at the beginning of the road. Paul and Silas gave him an answer appropriate for his need. He could not be saved until he first believed in Christ. Notice, however, that Paul and Silas did not stop teaching the jailer and his household after answering his initial question: 'And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house (Acts 16:32).
We see the change of heart (repentance) in the jailer and his household by their treatment of Paul and Silas: And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes (Acts 16:33a). Later, he set food before them (Acts 16:34). Furthermore, we see how the jailer and those of his household responded when they learned of their need to be baptized: ...and was baptized, he and all his, straightway (Acts 16:33b).
Now, please keep in mind, none of the actions 'caused salvation', but, was evidence of receiving the truth, and changing in accordance with the truth, received. [See Ephesians Chapter 2; James 2:14-26]
Now that we more fully understand the circumstances and events that followed the initial question of the jailer, we can revise our answers to show what he and his household did to be saved:
The Answer to "What Must I Do To Be Saved?"
One must be 'inquiring' after the Lord. Then, when one hears what is stated from the Holy Bible, one must 'believe' what is stated or, read. Then, one must 'repent', or turn from their unbelief, to taking God at His Word, accepting it as the 'Word of God', being 'truth'; and not the word of man. One's actions will give evidence of the 'change of direction and the heart'. One must be 'water baptized', when feasible, for this is the 'symbolism' of 'death to self, and 'life to Christ'.
Where are you, Adam, Eve????
On our 2-part post on Thursday, May 23, 2019, we shall see what was required for the Jews at Pentecost, and consider the Apostle Paul's conversion.
Thank you in advance for returning, to consider among the answers, where you are on your own journey. Amen. Amen.
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