Study_1042 – The jailer’s risk – Acts 16:22-34
MEGA ZOE CHRISTIAN CHURCH STUDY #1042 – CHURCH IN THE HOUSES
PASTOR: EDITH CRUZ FROM: JULY 23 @ 29, 2019
TOPIC: “The Jailer’s Risks”
What is a jailer? He is the one in charge of maintaining order inside a jail. The jailer is there to avoid attempts at escapes, revolts, prison violence, etc. He takes charge of everything that is administrative. But, to be a jailer, is to be exposed since the work is dangerous. They receive threats from prisoners, they can get injured and even die. In those times the Roman law dictated that if a prisoner escaped, the jailer had to suffer his sentence. Let us consider these points, because in these verses a JAILER from the city of Philippi is mentioned, who was in charge of the prison where the apostle Paul and his ministry partner Silas were imprisoned.
I. (Vs. 22) The apostle Paul was beaten with sticks and thrown into prison. But there was (Vs. 23) the jailer to take charge and guard them.
A. We must see that God watches out for us wherever we are.
1. There is something that cannot be taken away from a believer, and that is GOD AND THE PRESENCE OF JESUS!
2. (Vs. 25) With God we are free even in a prison and we will have light even in the darkness of the night!
3. (Vs. 27, 28) Paul was incapable of holding a grudge towards the jailer who had placed him in the worst inner cell.
4. How much some believers like to hold a grudge!
5. But, Paul was capable of preaching and prophesizing to the one who had secured his feet in the stocks (Vs. 24).
6. (Vs. 23) The jailer had been commanded to guard them carefully!
7. The jailer knew that Paul and Silas posed a danger since they were causing an uproar among the multitude, they posed a great risk.
8. For that, he acted putting them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
9. Silas and Paul were the ones in that beginning who carried on the impulse of the work of the Lord.
10. (Vs. 12) Paul had arrived at Philippi as part of a missionary trip that he had already undertaken.
11. (Vs. 13-15) Upon arriving, he immediately preached to some women and one of them named Lydia believed and was baptized. Then, (Vs. 16) when he went to pray the devil hindered him and Paul was taken to jail.
12. But, the Holy Spirit rises above all difficulties and limitations! Amen!
13. While in prison, they sang to God and the prisoners heard them! And suddenly, a great earthquake came (Vs. 26)!
14. It was unusual (out of the ordinary) and all the doors opened and the stocks and chains were released!
15. (Vs. 27) The jailer woke up and saw the jail doors open, he thought the prisoners had run away. He knew he would have to bear the consequences!
16. For that reason, he drew his sword to commit suicide!
17. (Vs. 28) And Paul frees him by assuring him that he had no reason for that because all the prisoners were there!
B. THE JAILER WAS FREE OF ALL FEAR AND EMOTION FLOODED HIM (Vs. 29-36).
1. He was free of his fears of losing his job and losing his life.
2. It seemed to him that something strange was happening, something supernatural, and he was able to understand that God was with those men he had mistreated. THE PHILIPPI JAILER HAS AN ENCOUNTER WITH GOD!
3. (Vs. 30) And because of the burden of his sins he says to them: What must I do to be saved?
4. MAN MUST KNOW THAT HE IS LOST BEFORE HE CAN BE SAVED.
5. It is too premature to tell someone how to be saved, except if he can first say from his heart: “I truly deserve to go to hell.”
6. All of us in our inner self, before coming to Christ, we knew we deserved hell!
7. The only people in the New Testament who were told to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ were SINNERS UNDER CONVICTION OF SIN!
8. (Vs. 31) Now that the jailer was totally afflicted about his sins, he was told: “BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND YOU WILL BE SAVED –YOU AND YOUR HOUSEHOLD.”
9. There is no suggestion here that his family would have been automatically saved if he believed in Christ.
10. The meaning is that if he believed in the Lord Jesus Christ he would be saved and his house would be saved in the same way.
11. It’s like saying: “Believe and you will be saved, AND THAT YOUR HOUSE DO THE SAME!”
12. (Vs. 32-34) We see that Paul and Silas preached to those in their house and all of them also believed.
13. Many people today seem to have difficulty knowing what it means to believe.
14. When the sinner knows that he is lost hell awaits him, there is no other way, he has no hope. And when told to believe in Christ as Lord and Savior, he will know exactly what that means.
15. The jailer WAS A FAITHFUL, BOLD AND WILLING MAN:
a. (Vs. 33) The one who had taken them to the deepest cell and the stocks before, now washes their wounds and takes them to his home where his family was so they would speak the Word and thus believe in Jesus.
b. Because of their obedience to the word that Paul spoke, they were all saved upon hearing the message of the Lord.
c. Baptizing him and all his family!
d. He offered food to Paul and Silas in his house rejoicing with his whole family for knowing Jesus.
e. They are baptized when they believe in God!
f. BELIEVE GOD’S WORD! The jailer surpassed everything and received his greatest blessing! Amen.