Acts 16


Acts 16:10

When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

Gospel literally means good news. Since there is no bad news in the good news, any message that leaves you feeling fearful, anxious or condemned, is not the gospel. See entry for The Gospel.


Acts 16:17

Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.”

Salvation. The original word for salvation means deliverance or rescue. Jesus is the great Deliverer who rescues us from our enemies (Luke 1:71). See entry for Salvation.


Acts 16:31

They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

(a) Believe. Like Jesus before them, the apostles preached for a verdict (Mark 1:15). Believing the good news about Jesus is both the work of God and his command (John 6:29, 1 John 3:23).

All of God’s blessings, including forgiveness, salvation, righteousness and sanctification, come to us freely by grace and are received by faith. Faith does not compel God to forgive us or sanctify us. But faith is the conduit through which grace flows. See entry for Eph. 2:8.

(b) And you will be saved. Who is saved? It is the one who trusts in the Savior (Acts 16:31). Jesus said, “He who believes in me has everlasting life” (John 6:47). See entry for Salvation.


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