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Your HouseHold Will Be Saved

There is a promise in the book of Acts that you and your household will be saved. I have been praying for my sister and my father to be saved for 23 years and NOTHING- my father is so viscous, it scares me. Does this scripture have a different meaning to it and how does it come to pass?

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'And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.... And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.'

He meant that the promise of baptism is for the whole household including infants and servants.

And after being baptized they partook of the Eucharist: 35 "And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced"

(Ac 16: 30-35)
---augusta on 10/7/08

Keep praying for ur family, but they are the only ones who can save themselves, and with the help of Jesus Christ. In the long run they are the only ones who can make that choice, nobody can do that not even God or you can make them choose to be saved. And when they see how Jesus is working in your life, then maybe they'll turn to Him also.
---ANN on 7/23/07

The believer in a household is an example, and is the one person that God hears in that household. As long as a believer is an example there is always hope.

Yet, to be saved, they too must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. But they are more likely to do so with an example, and with God prodding them, in answer to your prayers.

Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
---a_servant on 7/23/07

The Phillipian jailer in The Book Of Acts, *received the gospel & repented, "he & his house" [Acts 16:30-*32,33-34]. No blank unconditional 'tickets to Heaven'. Still personal choices! Keep praying for your loved ones!

Compares in some ways to legal & illegal immigration in America, illegals once in America have children who become legal U.S. citizens without 'due process' creating emotional situations that should not exist. cp Jn.10:1.

Praying Time in Perilous Times.
---bob_[Elishama]_6749 on 7/23/07

God still chooses. Those that embrace the gospel of Christ will have salvation brought to families. They will have just as much of chance of being saved as you. Salvation has been brought to the Gentiles.
---catherine on 7/22/07

dont give up just remember the patience of
job even that of abraham and shara for their promise child. god is not slack on his word he just dose things in his own timing so that we may no that not by power or might but by his holy spirit believe me
prayer works just keep faith that god will give you what your asking for my prayer is for them also
---mae on 7/22/07

I have heard it said that if the more you pray the worse it gets, then you are still praying outside of the closet where the Father sees in secret and rewards openly. If you go into that closet and come out wearing the clothes God has supplied just for that situation, you will find that no matter what it looks like in the natural, you have seen things the way Father sees things...and are unmoved by anything else.
---Linda on 7/22/07

1). AMEN Helen...that's exactly what I have been saying on some other blogs. seems like some ppl just do not want to get it. Baptism comes AFTER salvation AFTER receiving Jesus as your Lord and Savior, just as the scriptures say:
Romans 10:9-10
...that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
---Holly4jc on 7/22/07

2) AMEN Helen:
This is how you are saved, as outlined in Romans 10: 9-10, not by being baptized as a baby. Babies cannot confess with their mouth or believe in their heart that Jesus was raised from the dead.
If anyone has a problem with that, you need to take it up with God, for it is HE who wrote the scriptures and came up with the plan of salvation. Not man, but God. And God is ALWAYS right, He never makes a mistake.
Romans 3:4
Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar.
---Holly4jc on 7/22/07

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved (Acts 16:31, and 1 Cor. 2:2 and 1 Cor. 15:1-4)
Without faith it is impossible to believe God. Believe for your household salvation, I did. It happened. God's ways are far above our ways, he can think far above linear terms, (black and white thinking).
---Toby on 7/22/07

Acts 16:31 is time and time again misquoted as meaning that once one person gets saved in a household then the rest will too. That can happen, but Acts 16:31 is not a promise of household salvation. If the surrounding verses are read correctly, they all heard the Gospel and they all believed!
---Helen_5378 on 7/22/07

Augusta - The Cross of Christ and Jesus' finished work there for sin is the only way into the New Covenant. The New Covenant is in Jesus' Blood. The Book of Hebrews says lots about the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.
---Helen_5378 on 1/23/07

Augusta - Water baptism is Biblically only for those who have received the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and Lord. Only children who are born-again can be Biblically baptised. Water baptism is an outward showing that one believes in Jesus and His finished work on the Cross for sin.
---Helen_5378 on 1/23/07

augusta ACTS 8:37-38"And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him." Seems to go against your statement."(this is why we don't see any examples of "believers baptism" in the NT).
---Mima on 1/22/07

Baptism is the way we enter into the New Covenant just as circumcision was the way the Jews entered into the Old Covenant. (this is why we don't see any examples of "believers baptism" in the NT). Baptism (which now saves you) is a type of circumcision and under the New Covenant it is for all.

"For this reason, moreover, the Church received from the apostles the tradition of baptizing infants too." Origen, Homily on Romans, V:9 (A.D. 244
---augusta on 1/22/07

2, But unlike circumcision, in the case of baptism female infants are also included. As a matter of fact, the only debate on infant baptism in pre-Reformation history is on whether or not to wait eight days to do it, as in the rite of circumcision. (Gen 17:12).

---augua9846 on 1/22/07

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3. "But in respect of the case of the infants, which you say ought not to be baptized within the second or third day after their birth, and that the law of ancient circumcision should be regarded, so that you think one who is just born should not be baptized and sanctified within the eighth day... we think is to be even more observed in respect of infants and newly-born persons" Cyprian, (A.D. 251).
---augua9846 on 1/22/07

Paul wrote that the Lord is able to preserve your body, soul, and spirit blameless unto that day. We are a spiritual "house" for the Spirit of God to dwell in. We all must give account for our own actions at the judgment seat of Christ. We will answer for unrepented sins we commit with our body and why we didn't believe when our spirit and soul "thirsts' after God."
---Frank on 1/22/07

When a shepherd rightly divides the word of truth and looks well to the keeping of his flock and feeds them with the anointed word and not just what they want to hear his whole church, or congegation may be saved if they believe, hear, and stay "within" the house.
---Frank on 1/22/07

Donna: this verse means just what it says. But one must have faith that their loved ones will be saved. In vs 30 this man asks what must he do to be saved. Acts 16:26-34 talks about the conversion and the baptism of this jailer. It is about converting one over to God, not baptizing infants.
---Rebecca_D on 1/21/07

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---augusta; after carefully reading ACTS 16:30-25 I cannot find the word Eucharist nor the word infant in this text.
---Mima on 1/17/07

Mima I can elaborate and point it out to you if you like. But first, why didn't you give Donna an answer?

And will I not get one either? hmm

You should always be prepared, ya know. (1 Pe 3:15)

Btw, good question, Donna.
---augua9846 on 1/18/07

my spiritual mother gave me a scripture which is in 1 corinthians 7:16, i became christian before any of my family and standing on these scriptures through the years, my whole family are saved now, and i thank God for it...
---mary on 1/17/07

---augusta; after carefully reading ACTS 16:30-25 I cannot find the word Eucharist nor the word infant in this text.
---Mima on 1/17/07

Faith without works is dead. You can pray for them, but until you minister the Gospel to them, you will never see change. We are called to pray for revival, but revival also starts with US going out into the world to preach the Gospel. Don't pray for souls to be won, but rather for laborers to harvest souls.
---Leslie on 1/17/07

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