Can You Tell Me Why?

   Your child, at ages 6, 12 and 18 asks you: “What must I do to become a medical doctor?”  The information and the words that you would use at the various ages would not be exactly the same, but yet the answer would be correct each time.  Why?  Because the answer that you gave, fit the level of understanding that your child was capable of at each age.       

   Let’s take that same “how do you respond” idea and apply it to three important questions that are asked in the book of Acts.  They really are the same question but their wording is slightly different.  

1) “Brothers, what shall we do?”  Here in Acts 2:37, the people are convinced that they needed salvation, so they ask Peter and the other Apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”  

2) “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  In Acts 16:30, the jailer is asking Paul and Silas what he must do to be saved.  

3) “What shall I do, Lord?”  On the road to Damascus in Acts 9:5, Saul (soon to be Paul) had a spiritual encounter with Jesus and he asks, “Who are you, Lord.”  In Acts 22:8, he recounts that same question, “Who are you, Lord?”  But in Acts 22:10, when Jesus had Paul’s full attention, he asks, “What shall I do, Lord?”

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