Salvation -- Three Questions -- Why Three Different Answers?

In the book of Acts, there are three questions regarding salvation that are similar in nature, but the answers given are different. For example, in Acts 16:30, the Philippian jailor asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Paul and Silas’ answer was, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved….” (Acts 16:31). In Acts 2:37, the Jews at Pentecost asked, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?

The answer given by Peter was, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins….” (Acts 2:38). And in Acts 22:10, Saul (Paul) recalls the events of Acts 9:1-18, and the question that he asked, “What shall I do, Lord?” The Lord’s answer through Ananias was, “Arise and be Baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).

On these three different occasions, we see three different answers given to the questions asked regarding salvation. One was told to “Believe” (Acts 16:31); Others were told to “Repent” (Acts 2:38); While another was told to “be Baptized” (Acts 22:16).

We might ask, “Why were there three different answers given to the same basic question?

See why here.

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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