“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
King James Version (KJV)
T. Levis's comment on 2021-11-07 18:25:47:
Please don't forget however James 2:13-26,
Travis's comment on 2021-11-07 02:49:28:
Acts 16:31 is my "go to" since my Confirmation date in 1989 - it means everything to me plus it's clear and concise. When I'm 'down and out' I reflect on Act 16:31.
Chris's comment on 2020-11-25 00:17:11:
When the prison guard feared that Paul & Silas had escaped prison (but had not), he became so convicted by their actions & no doubt, by the words that he would have heard them speak, that he wanted to know the way of salvation.
Paul's simple word was clear, "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 his house." Acts 16:30-34.
So we see that salvation can only come by hearing the Gospel & for each person to respond to it personally. This verse does not suggest 'household salvation/baptism', where if one person is saved then the others in the house are too. No, each one is responsible to believe & respond. And for young ones who may not be able to, then it's the parent's responsibility to teach them.
And the amazing thing we learn, Paul & Silas did all this (sharing the Gospel to the guard's family at night & baptizing them straightaway) & then returning back to be put behind bars, to be released the following day.
Donna's comment on 2020-11-24 17:12:56:
So I understand that the person must believe and live in the house hold. So a hold not in the home and a parent
Themselves must believe I'm Christ themselves.
Chris's comment on 2020-10-02 16:00:14:
Acts 16:30-32: "And (the prison guard) 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 his house."
In this verse, Paul was speaking about those who were living with the guard at his house only (v32). Yet, Paul qualifies that salvation can only come when the Gospel is firstly preached & there is a subsequent belief & acceptance of Christ as their (personal) Saviour. Some believe in "household salvation" whereby the saving of the head of the house, means the automatic salvation of his family as well. Verses cited to support this belief is: the above verse you gave, Acts 2:38, 39 & 1 Cor 7:14. Yet, salvation can only come after each person reaching the age of accountability before God, personally hears, believes & puts their faith in Christ for their salvation. Hence the work with children (e.g. Child Evangelism Fellowship & others) are so very important because even the little ones need to hear & receive Christ.
So, even if one's family no longer resided in the family home & are not included in the meaning of verse 31, they are still personally responsible to respond to the Gospel as the Spirit of God moves them in that direction. I therefore understand Paul's instruction to the guard to mean that "not only you but also your whole family living with you can be saved by believing in Jesus".
WM's comment on 2020-10-02 10:52:04:
look a the passage went the angels are getting Lot out sodoma and gomorra
Mr and Mrs James Lampela's comment on 2020-10-02 10:07:41:
Does "your household" include family that no longer reside in your physical home?
Thank you for clearing this up.
Thrush Spivey's comment on 2020-04-07 03:19:59:
Can anyone provide April 6th 2020 verse of the day please?