Romans 10:9,10 and Acts 16:31 share this common theme – believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.~Lisa Blair
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved…Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved…Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”
Romans 10:9-10, 13, 17 NIV
Acts 16:31 also explains how one receives Salvation through Jesus Christ. Acts 16:31 is clear, but perhaps the most difficult for non-believers to understand. Constant prayer forges it’s way into the hearts of loved ones who one day will sense God’s presence, and heart tug, and want to come to know Him and be saved. God is merciful and only He can invite us to receive Him as our Lord and Saviour. We are His tools, His workmanship displayed for the world to see.
Paul in Acts 16, ministered to prisoners and a prison guard, after the earthquake, sharing the Good News and encouraging them to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior. He shared that they could overcome this world if they professed with their mouth and believed in their heart that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and is the Son of God. He also shared that their family members could become believers and change their lives. The key is, they must individually profess. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Romans’ 10. Acts 16 includes family/household will also be saved.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.””
Acts 16:31 NKJV
This part is important because many read this scripture believing if they are saved, their family/household will be saved, however, the theologians interpret the scripture to mean that anyone who receives Christ is saved, and is the best security for the guards family from present danger, but they must make the decision and profess the truth of the scripture individually to be entitled to the same spiritual and everlasting blessings as the guard. (Benson), a family is not collectively saved by one persons witness. Jesus offers everyone salvation if they believe He is the Son of God.
The Amp version elaborates separating the scripture into two parts, the first focuses on the guard being saved, and the second focuses on his prospect of his household/family also being saved. The key – they must personally profess with their mouth and know in their heart that Christ died on the cross, rose and is the Son of God.
“Believe in the Lord Jesus [as your personal Savior and entrust yourself to Him] and you will be saved, you and your household [if they also believe].” And they spoke the word of the Lord [concerning eternal salvation through faith in Christ] to him and to all who were in his house.”
ACTS 16:31-32 AMP
Romans 10:9,10 and Acts 16:31 share this common theme – believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.
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References: Thru the Bible with Dr. Vernon McGee. Q&A: Acts 16:31. Oneplace .com; Acts 16:31, Benson Commentary. Biblehub.com