Acts 16:31 is the proof-text assurance given to prospective 'converts' to lead them to suppose that they can become Christians without repentance. I want to look at the context of this verse and see seven things about this man which led Paul and Silas to refer him to Christ. These points are adapted from Studies in Saving Faith by A. W. Pink. 1. The jailor had just witnessed the miracle-working power of God (v.26). 2. In consequence of that, he was deeply moved to the point of self-despair. He was about to kill himself (V.27). 3. He felt the need for illumination 'Then he called for a light' (v.29). 4. His self-righteousness and self-complacency was utterly shattered. He came trembling' (v.29). 5. He took his proper place before God- in the dust. He 'fell down before Paul and Silas.' (v.29). 6. He showed proper respect and consideration for God's servants. He brought them out' (v.30). 7. Then, with a deep concern for his soul, he asked, "What must I do to be saved." (v.31). In short, this man was an awakened, convicted soul and he was ready to be pointed to Christ. I have pointed out elsewhere that when people came to the Lord Jesus asking similar questions (Luke 10:25ff; 18:18ff), He pointed them to the Moral Law. Why did He do that? Because they had no sense of sin. The Scribe was merely 'testing' Jesus (10:25); the Rich Young Ruler thought he was keeping the law (18:21). Both needed to be convicted of sin before they could be saved. I do not know if there is one corner of hell is hotter and blacker than the rest, but if there is such a corner, it will be reserved for those who teach those seeking Christ that they can reach heaven without repenting of their sins. This is the true meaning of Matt. 18:6-7. 'My brothers, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgement' (James 3:1).