Dying to self

by Mike Benson

Go back into your history file.

Remember, Philippi, Macedonia sometime between 51 and 54 A.D.

Around midnight (Acts 16:25), an earthquake shook the foundations of the local, Roman prison so violently that all of its doors flew open and the chains of all the prisoners were unfastened (Acts 16:26).

According to the inspired account, only a jailer and his family died as a result.

Don’t remember that? Look again.

Immediately after the quake the jailer realized his spiritual plight and his need for salvation. So he asked two of the inmates (Paul and Silas), “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30.) The following verses reveal that this man and his loved ones, after having been taught by these two men, died to themselves and put on Christ in baptism.

That’s Bible.

“For he who has died has been freed from sin” (Romans 6:7.)

What about you, dear reader?

Have you died to self? Will it take an earthquake of sorts to make you realize your need for Christ and the forgiveness he offers?

Please don’t wait until then to obey him. By that time, it may be too late (2 Corinthians 6:2; James 4:14; 1 Peter 1:24; Job 9:25-26; 14:1-2.)

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