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Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee?Job 22:21 … And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent?John 17:3

Jehovah and His son Jesus the Christ ought to be center of our life. Eliphaz was pro-bably using a simple conundrum: it pays to be religious. Job’s friends erroneously taught sickness, pain, and sorrow was the direct result of sin. According to them, the more one sinned the greater his suffering. Jesus says, necessary knowledge is not enough but its significance is a life of acquaintance, fellowship, an unending hourly practice to live the life of Christ. It is so when people see us: they see not us but him whom we reverently serve. Thus, even more we must we be devoted, consecrated and dedicated.

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold?Proverbs 22:1

Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder. 

Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie." He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.   To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but also, Eddie got special dividends. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.

Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.

Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object.   And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was. Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn't give his son: he couldn't pass on a good name or a good example.

The question: What must I do to be saved (or a slight variation) is asked three times in the book of Acts. It is found in: 2:37 (Jews on the day of Pentecost); 16:30 (the Philippian Jailor) and 22:10 (the apostle Paul).  We will shortly look at these accounts in more detail; but it is important for us to remember, it is Jesus who saves us and not our works.

Matthew 1:21, "She (Mary) will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins". In Ephesians 2:8-9, For by you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so no one may boast".

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