This Bible study will teach you the meaning of the word in the book of acts 16:23-33 about Paul and Silas in Prison. Read also: Learn How to Rest in God.
Paul and Silas in Jail – Acts 16: 23-33
And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway (Acts 16:23-33).
Reflection and Meaning about Paul and Silas in Jail
To begin with, if you have already read the entire Chapter of Acts 16 , in this story Paul and Silas were in the city of Philippi in Macedonia doing the will of God, being obedient to the Holy Spirit (Acts 16:6-9). But nevertheless, being in obedience they were scourged and imprisoned (Acts 16:23).
Many times in doing God’s will, we will also find ourselves in difficult situations. Because many think that by being Christians we will be free from difficulties. It is not so, for this reason, who preaches this, is a liar.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (John 16:33).
Therefore, Paul and Silas were in a dark prison, tied at their feet with chains. However, they had the peace of Christ in their hearts, because they were obeying God’s will.
In the midst of this situation they did not complain, but prayed and sang hymns to God, and all the prisoners heard them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake that shook the foundations of the prison, opening the doors and chains (Acts 16: 25-26).
In this way, this teaches us how praise and prayer were powerful weapons in these obedient servants, which were able to impact the lives of many of these men who were in that place.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds (2 Corinthians 10:4).
Although these men were in physical prisons, God took Paul and Silas to that place to bring true freedom and salvation to these souls.
Many times the situations we go through are tests that God allows so that tomorrow we can minister the freedom of Christ to others. Since our own lives will be the testimony that will speak for us.
The testimony of these two men of God was so great that it impacted the life of the jailer. So much so that, thinking that he could be executed for letting the prisoners escape, he tried to take his own life (Acts 16:27). To which Paul immediately said: “Do thyself no harm: for we are all here” (Acts 16:28).
Therefore, this man knew that they could escape, but they did not. This was the testimony that this jailer saw in these two servants of God, which led him to surrender his life to Christ, and to be sure that they preached the truth, because at that precise moment they had freed him from dead (Acts 16: 29-31).
In this way, the obedience and testimony of Paul and Silas were useful instruments in the hands of God to give salvation to the jailer and his family (Acts 16: 32-33), as were many of those who were in the city of Philippi.
In conclusion, we can say that with our way of living we can impact the lives of others for better or worse, our way of living is the best testimony.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).