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The Jailors Conversion. Acts 16:23-40. Paul in Prison at Philippi. Introduction. Discussion.

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acts 16 23 24

And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

Acts 16:23-24
mt 16 26

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Mt. 16:26
acts 16 26 27

[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.

Acts 16:26-27

[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.

2 shaken

A great earthquake shook the prison

The jailor was shaken physically and “spiritually”

2. Shaken
acts 16 28 29

But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

Acts 16:28-29
ruth 3 18

Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.

Ruth 3:18
4 humility

He ran to prisoners seeking aid

Most likely he knew something of Paul and Silas

He knew he could not save himself

4. Humility
acts 2 40

“And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.”

In an humble frame of mind, one is teachable

Acts 2:40
6 the right answer

This was the starting point

Please note that he was not saved by faith alone

6. The right answer
heb 11 6

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Heb. 11:6
7 the gospel preached

He could not believe until he knew what to believe

Rom. 10:17

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

7. The Gospel Preached

The specific things Paul taught are not listed

Whatever this man had to do in order to be saved was included in Paul’s teaching (This would apply to all lost souls)

acts 16 33 34

And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

Acts 16:33-34
2 cor 7 10

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

2 Cor. 7:10
acts 2 38

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 2:38
acts 8 35 36

Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

Acts 8:35-36
2 cor 5 17

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2 Cor. 5:17

Major points taken and adapted from material by James Boyd in “A Burning Fire” (I do not remember the specific volume)