“And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.” Acts 16:5 (KJV)
The early Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is reaching further and further into the then known world. People are coming to faith in Jesus in notable numbers. Lives are being changed wonderfully, powerfully, and God is being glorified.
They are being “Established in the faith”, they are also “Increasing in number daily”. If we stop to think about it the Church of 2017 is being established in the faith more and more, and increasing in number as well. We are just not so aware of it; maybe as we ought to be.
In chapter sixteen we have the witness of three individuals being delivered from the power of evil and sin;
- There is Lydia (vv. 14-15) who has been called “A Cultured Sinner”;
- Then, we have the sorceress (vv. 16-24) who has been called “A Captive Sinner”;
- Finally, there is the Philippian Jailer (vv. 25-34) who has been called “A Calloused Sinner”.
As the Christians of that day went about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ many people came to Jesus believing that He alone paid their sin debt.
The Philippian Jailer came asking, “What must I do to be saved?” (v.30). That is an appropriate answer for all to ask. You may need to ask that today; and the answer is… “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, and your house.” (v. 31). When the jailer believed, then his whole household believed too.
God is still saving souls through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Christ, Son of the Living God, God the Living Son.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, and your house”.