Read Acts 16:16-40
You need not have been a Christian very long to recognize that the Book of Acts is probably one of the most exciting writings on the New Testament. Church. In the last several chapters are given some of the most exciting conversions of all time.
- Acts 8:27-39 tells of the salvation of the Ethiopian eunuch, a governmental official.
- Acts 9:1-9 presents the exciting conversion of Saul.
- Acts 10:23-48 the conversion of a Roman centurion
- Acts 16:16-40 presents one of the most exciting of all: The Philippian Jailer.
All four men were apparently good, moral men; but they were all lost and needed a Saviour. To all four God sent a preacher to present the message of grace and salvation, thus demonstrating the truth of:
Romans 10:14-15, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
These four great conversions demonstrate that the gospel is for the whole world.
- The Ethiopian was a black man, the descendant of Ham.
- Saul was a Jew, the descendant of Shem.
- Cornelius was a Gentile, the descendant of Japheth.
- The Philippian Jailer was a common man, a descendant of Adam.
Some people are like the Ethiopian – they want to be saved, but do not know how.
Others, are like Saul, blind to their need because they are self-satisfied, steeped in a religion.
Still others are like Cornelius, who only needs someone to bring them the message, and they are ready to accept it by faith.
Cornelius had called for Peter to come, and he had been prepared by God. Peter brought a tremendous sermon on salvation.