Summary: To establish that the Jailer and household’s conversion follows the New Testament’s “pattern of conversions” as outlined in the Book of Acts. The jailer and his household were saved at midnight after hearing, believing and obeying the gospel of Christ.
1. The Jailer’s Crisis at Midnight
2. The Jailer’s Counsel at Midnight
3. The Jailer’s Conversion at Midnight
1. In our lesson today we will be discussing, a man who asked a very important question. A question that had eternal implications! This is a question that all must ask if they like him are unaware of God’s terms of salvation. Not everyone however will receive the answer, in the same spirit in which he and his entire family did. We are not talking about some man's theology! Or someone’s philosophy! We are talking about things, which are eternal, and divinely ordained. Many have asked this question, but not all have received the same answer. In every case where one inquired of God's terms of salvation, of the man of God, the Lord requires his servants to give the same answer and assistance to the inquirer’s search for salivation. We will notice that this act of conversion follows the New Testament’s “pattern of conversion” as outlined in the Book of Acts.
2. First of all, we will consider the jailer’s crisis at midnight. As a result of an unexpected earthquake at midnight, the jailer would ask a great question out of concern for his safety and salvation. That would be: "what must I do to be saved?" Perhaps fear generated this question. Fear for his life. But, somehow he knew these men could give him the answer he needed. We ought to understand this for ourselves; for each of us must stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Most important however, we cannot help others find the way, if we don’t know it first ourselves. It is important to find out what we must do, first do it, and then instruct others how to obey God.
3. Secondly, we will notice the two counselors God had placed in the jail house at midnight. The jailer asked the counselors: "Sirs, what must I DO to be saved?" It implies some action on the part of the jailer. It suggests that he understood that he must do something - to be saved. Unlike the Universalist’s which say, "Ye need not do anything – it has all been done for you." Or like the Calvinist’s which say, "You can't do anything if you are not one of God’s elect." But, Paul told the jailer to have faith in Jesus, and he could be saved he and his entire house. God desires all to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. But each must do something to be saved and what is required is taught in this act of New Testament conversion. We will see from this example, what God requires of us all, in order to be saved.
4. Lastly, we will describe the jailer’s conversion at midnight. The jailer desired to be saved. He was not trying to deceive, or attempting to distract them from escaping that night. He truly wanted to be saved. Like so many today! If someone would ask this same question today, would the answer be the same? I sincerely think not. However, God's terms of pardon and salvation have not changed since this man's conversion! He is the "same yesterday, today and forever." In the same hour of the night - this man's life was saved both from suicide and sin, by these men of God. He and his entire household heard, believed and obeyed the Gospel! I would today, that everyone here today would do the same! Let’s consider our first point, the Jailer’s crisis at midnight.