Emanna for 12/24/2019
Household Salvation in the New Testament (2)
Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household. (32) And they spoke the word of God to him together with all those in his house. (33) ...And he was baptized immediately, he and all his household. (34) ...and he exulted because he had believed in God with all his household. Words of Ministry
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Here we see a wonderful picture. In the beginning the promise was given to the jailer; no one else heard it. Later, the jailer brought his household to Paul. After Paul spoke to them, they were baptized. Then the jailer brought them into his house and set a table before them; and he exulted, having believed in God. The apostle gave the jailer a promise, and his whole household was saved. Everyone listened, everyone was baptized, and everyone exulted. Suppose the apostle told the jailer, "Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved." If this was the case, we would have to wait a few days after a person was saved, teach him something, and hope that he would understand. Then he might gradually testify to his family, and his family might eventually believe and be saved. If this had been the case, how long would it have taken for the jailer's household to be saved? The apostle did not preach the gospel this way. He did not deal with individuals one by one; instead, he addressed the whole household. He said, "You and your household" shall be saved. You need to see this: The salvation of a household is no different and certainly no more difficult than the salvation of one person. You should never forfeit the privilege of saving the whole household. If you bring the whole household along, the whole household will be saved.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, pp. 312-313. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA