The Eternal, Infinite God of the Universe is a Savior and offers to anyone who will call upon His Name some amazing, supernatural transformations within. That is what the Gospel has been doing from the start: changing humans from the inside out. That is what Paul watched happen across the pagan world of the Roman province of Asia.
As we open to Acts 16:14, we see again how:
SALVATION IS: GOD OPENING HEARTS TO HEED HIS WORD
Message Thirteen (Paul): The next Gospel Presentation is in Acts 16:14-15 where salvation is described as the Lord opening a person’s heart to heed His Word.
Acts 16:14-15 (NKJV) Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us.
We need to pause for a moment and see what Paul taught about this event that just took place in their lives. When Lydia believed, and others of her family also believed, the Scriptures say that they were baptized.
Have you ever wondered what Paul told them about baptism?
What did baptism mean to Paul as he administered it?
What did Paul tell them had happened to them when they got saved; and what did Paul say that baptism was for?
The answers to those questions may become some of the most powerful and impactful truths of the Book of Acts. If we can just allow God to fill in the pieces of what is going on here, we can see why the Gospel had such an impact upon every place it came.
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