A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
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<”Paul and Silas In Prison”" cont'd, Acts 16:25)</strong> And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. Colossians 1:24. 26) And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. 27) And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28) But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Exodus 20:13. 29) Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas. 30) And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? Luke 3:10; Act 2:37. 31) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32) And they spake unto him the Word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33) And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. 34) And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. 35) And when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, Let those men go. 36) And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace. 37) But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. Acts 22;25. 38) And the sergeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans. 39) And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city. Matthew 8:34; Luke 5:8. 40) And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v25 – 34, The consolations of God to His suffering servants are neither few nor small. How much more happy are true Christians than their prosperous enemies! As in the dark, so out of the depths, we may cry unto God. No place, no time is amiss for prayer, if the heart is lifted up to God. No trouble, however grievous, should hinder us from praise. Paul cried aloud to make the jailer hear, and to make him heed, saying, Do thyself no harm. All the cautions of the Word of God against sin, and all appearances of it, and approaches to it, have this tendency. Man, woman, do not ruin thyself: hurt not thyself, and then none else can hurt thee; do not sin, for nothing but that can hurt thee. How serious the jailer’s inquiry! His salvation becomes his great concern: that now lies nearest his heart, which before was furthest from his thoughts. Those who are thoroughly convinced of sin, and truly concerned about their salvation, will give themselves up to Christ. Here is the sum of the whole Gospel, the covenant of Grace in a few words; Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved; and thy house. The jailer treated them with kindness and professing faith in Christ, was baptized in that Name, with his family. With faith, terrors will be followed by confidence and joy in Christ Jesus. v35-40) Paul though willing to suffer for the cause of Christ, did not choose to depart under the charge of having deserved wrongful punishment, and therefore required to be dismissed in an honourable manner. Christians should never express personal anger; nor insist too strictly upon personal amends. The Lord will make them more than conquerors in every conflict. Amen.
More to come and God Bless You.