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Whole HouseHold Will Be Saved

The bible says somewhere in the N.T. that our whole houehold (or family) will be saved. Where does it say that and how literal is that supposed to be?

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Because God wants us to pray for lost souls. However, it is God who leads you into this. "Pray for other, especially for God's people, is also written in the word of God". You never know who God might save. It could be considered selfishness, for a believer who is enjoying all the fruit of escaping hell and not bother to pray for others who may not escape hell. It is our duty.
---catherine on 3/23/09


Since the only people who get saved are "the elect", "chosen before the foundation of the world", how can you pray to God about it? He has either chosen them to be saved or He hasn't, this will not change. He will bring it to pass, one way or the other. "Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that He will send laborers into His field." "Here am I Lord, send me".
---Jim on 3/22/09


Household salvation was the very first promise Father made me and I hold to the promise trusting that, in Christ, it is fulfilled. I would say that is pretty literal since my natural children were the only children I had when He made that promise. As for those who came to the Lord by His witness through me, He said, "Of all I have given you, you have lost none." He's an awesome Father!
---Deborah on 2/25/08


That is in Acts. You can also find several other Scriptures in Acts that allude to it because the head of the household was saved and the rest followed. Father God, through promise in Jeremiah (31:15-17) and fulfilled in Christ, tells me that my children shall come back from the land of the enemy and shall come back to their own border. Father, through promise fulfilled in Christ, tells me that all my children shall be taught of the Lord and great shall be the peace of them.
---Deborah on 3/26/07


That is in Acts. You can also find several other Scriptures in Acts that allude to it because the head of the household was saved and the rest followed. Father God, through promise in Jeremiah (31:15-17) and fulfilled in Christ, tells me that my children shall come back from the land of the enemy and shall come back to their own border. Father, through promise fulfilled in Christ, tells me that all my children shall be taught of the Lord and great shall be the peace of them.
---Deborah on 3/26/07




Maybe Echad/God passing over the umblemished lamb's blood on the door post's of the Hebrew's houses in Egypt gives some insight into the question of the Phillipian jailer & his household. As 'everyone' "under" the lamb's blood in Goshen was spared then, but never made it to The Promised Land because of unbelief [those leaving Egypt were undoubtedly a mixed multitude in many ways], ditto for Lot's wife & family. I guess Echad/God still never changes!
---bob6749_[Echad] on 11/10/05


The key verse in Acts 16 is v.32 [conditional to v.31]. Everyone has free wills, these were individual personal decisions or the "whosoever" of John 3:16 would be a contradition or void, making all or most of the world "saved" by proxy. informed consent has to happen somewhere. Everyone in Echad's/God's Heaven [Abraham's Bosom to present], or enroute there heard the Word of in some form or fashion. Others Echad/God [or Messias/Jesus Christ] Himself will Judge [Heb.12:23-24, 13:4.].
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 11/10/05


He pours out his spirit upon all flesh and is no repector of persons, for whoever calls upon the name of the Lord, he will in no way cast out. "For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy." Acts 2:39; I Corinthians 7:14.
---Eloy on 11/6/05


When I was first saved my household was in a mess. I was desperate to have some hope in thier salvation. I did "stand on" the verse, "and great shall be the peace of your children," and "you and your household shall be saved," because I guess I didn't know any better. Today they are all saved and looking to Him as their Lord. Our total family salvation was miraculous. Our Father wants all families to be saved because His will is that none would perish.
---Patti on 11/5/05


We should take care not to take an example of what is said/done to another should become for everyone forever. This scripture was a specific discussion to a specific person for his family. Remember, the Lord guided his apostles with visions and spiritual knowledge. Even Jesus said He could do nothing except that He saw the Father do it first. Always read all around what the word says to get the "rest of the story".
---mike_fl on 10/30/05




Acts 16:31 And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."
---Johannes on 10/29/05


Acts 16 : 31
"....and thou shalt be saved and thy house."
---lynda on 10/29/05


Acts 16:31-32, "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house."

No this is not a promise that every Christian's house hold will be saved. All Peter was saying was that any one who believed in the house hold, as Corneilus had, would be saved. note v. 32
---Bruce5656 on 10/29/05


It was the practice of the first and second century Christian church; if a head of household was converted all the members of his household were converted and baptized including infants, children and slaves. Look in the Didache, it was the source used for liturgical practices during that period of time.
---Phil_the_Elder on 10/29/05


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