19. I would like to ask you a question on the well-known passage: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:31 – NKJV). Does this passage mean that when someone believes on Jesus, his household also will be saved with him?



Yes, in some cases both the believer and his household will be saved, for in the book of the Acts of the apostles it is written that when an angel of God appeared to Cornelius he said to Cornelius to send to Joppa for Simon Peter, who would tell him words by which he and all his household would be saved. Here are the words of the holy angel: “Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved” (Acts 11:13-14). According to the book of the Acts of the apostles, Lydia also, who was from the city of Thyatira, believed on the Lord with all her household, as it is written: “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us” (Acts 16:14-15). The same thing is said by the Scripture about the keeper of the prison in Philippi, as it is written: “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. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house” (Acts 16:32-34). Another person who believed on the Lord with all his household was Crispus, as it is written: “And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized” (Acts 18:8).

But in some other cases, not all his household will be saved. Let me explain to you why. Jesus said: “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household” (Matthew 10:34-36); it is evident, therefore, that in this case since the enemies of a disciple of Christ will be those of his own household, not all members of his household will believe on the Lord and be saved. Jesus said also that “Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death” (Mark 13:12). Therefore, it is evident that when Jesus returns there will be households divided against themselves. The fact also that Jesus said that on that night “two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left” (Luke 17:34 – NIV), confirms what I have just said because it is evident that Jesus principally referred to married people. Another thing that confirms this is the fact that Paul wrote the following words to those believers who had an unbelieving spouse: “But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?” (1 Corinthians 7:12-16)