Salvation in Jail

Fortune telling is of the Devil.  In Acts 16:16-24,  Luke gave an account of fortune telling who followed him, Paul and the others.  She keep shouting that they were servants of the Most High God who were telling people the way to be saved.  Finally, Paul had had enough.  He commanded the spirit to come out of her in the name of Jesus.  At that moment it left her.  The men who profitted from this girl’s fortune telling were furious and they had Paul and Silas arrested and thrown in jail after they were severely flogged.  The girl had been possessed by the spirit of divination.

The slave girl’s masters meant Paul and Silas evil but God turned it to good.  While the two apostles were in jail, praying and singing hymns, something miraculous happened.  There was an earthquake so great that it shook the foundations of the prison and immediately the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.  But none of the prisoners escaped.  The jailer was amazed because he thought that the prisoners had fled. 

After Paul assured him that they were all still there, he fell down before him and Silas.  He asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household (verses 25-31).”   The jailer and his household accepted Christ as their Savior and they were baptized.

We could say, “Today, salvation has come to this jail.”

The words spoken to the jailer tell us clearly how we receive God’s gift of eternal life.  When we receive God’s gift of eternal life we are said to be “saved”.  Faith can be summarized as:





Him (The New Open Bible)


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