Acts 16:31 – And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
There is a vast difference between a promise and a commitment already fulfilled. A promise is a commit-ment set for fulfillment at a later date. Today, I write about a promise. And what a wonderful promise it is! Read our Text for Today once again, and when you do, rejoice, my friend, rejoice. What you see is a command with a following benefit, or promise. It all begins with you.
The command, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,” has an understood subject, you. This command is directed at you; that’s right, you. And I mean you personally and specifically. In other words, you must recognize that if you have family who need Jesus, it begins with you. You must believe. Do you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ? I’m not asking if you believe that Jesus is real, or if you believe He died on the cross, or even if you believe He is the Son of God. I’m asking if you have set your faith on Him as the source of your life, and all that you need in life? There is a lot said in the three words, Lord, Jesus, and Christ. Lord signifies His position of authority. He is over all, above all, possesses all, and is responsible for all. Jesus is His Name; the Name above all names; the only name given by which man can be saved. And Christ signifies what He has been made to be; He is the Anointed One. If you believe on Him, you will be saved.
Ah, but then, having believed on Him for yourself, there is a promise given; a commitment from the Lord for a future point in time, as yet unfulfilled, but still a promise; a verbal commitment from the Lord. Not only will you be saved if you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, but so will your house. Take a moment to read our Manna for Today. There is more than one Scripture that points to this great promise of God. For that promise to be fulfilled, you must believe, and you must hold on to your faith in this might promise of the Lord. You may see much that says it’s not going to happen. Circumstances may scream at you that it will never happen. Still, hold fast to what God’s Word says. God has not failed, nor will He. He is true to His Word. Be true to your faith.
Manna for Today – Acts 16:6-40; John 3:16-17; Romans 10:6-17; Psalm 2:8; Acts 2:14-18; Isaiah 55:11