-- Answer: About the midnight hour --

Acts 16:25-34 shows that it was around midnight when the Philippian jailer obeyed the command to be baptized.

Have you ever wondered why he just didn't wait until the morning? or some more convenient time? Was not his immediate response to be baptized -- and at such an inconvenient hour -- simply because he understood that if he wanted to be saved, baptism was part of that plan? (and, therefore, a must!)

Yes, Jesus had said that "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved...." (Mk. 16:16); thus, coupling faith and baptism for salvation.

As we read about baptism in the New Testament, never do we read of anyone--who truly wanted to be forgiven--postponing his baptism until some more convenient time.  Have you ever wondered about this? I imagine many were probably baptized during the colder months, too.

We don't read of any of these even taking the time to eat or sleep before his or her baptism. Doesn't that in itself tell us something about the importance of it?

All these people understood that their sins would not be forgiven until they met the conditions God Himself had stipulated to become a Christian; and that is that one hears the word (Rom. 10:17), believes in the deity of Jesus (Jn. 8:24), repents of sin (Acts 2:38), confesses faith in Christ (Rom. 10:9,10; Acts 8:36-38), and is baptized in water for sins to be forgiven (Acts 22:16; Mk. 16:16; 1 Pet. 3:21).

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