In Acts 16 does God promise to save an entire household when one person comes to faith. How can I secure this promise for my family? The Whole Household Saved
In Acts 16 we read:
Acts 16:25-33 (NKJV)
The Philippian Jailer Saved
25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Continue reading
Jesus said in Matthew 6:14-15 that if we aren’t willing to give forgiveness to others, He won’t forgive us. Aren’t we already forgiven by faith in Christ alone?
Regarding Matthew 6, Jesus is speaking temporally, not eternally. Notice the context:
Matthew 6:14-15 (NKJV)
14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Jesus said if we forgive someone, then the Lord will forgive us. Jesus equates the two types of forgiveness. God’s forgiveness of us is contingent on our forgiving others. As we try to understand Jesus’ words, we must first remember that we have no power over the eternal fate of another person, for Christ alone is our Judge: Continue reading