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Philip & the Ethiopian

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Jun 16, 2003

Summary: Philip is sent on a mission - for 1 man.

v. The eunuch asks a strange question here. He doesn’t ask about what the verses mean. He could read the words, but he wanted to know the deeper meaning. He asks if the prophet was talking about himself or someone else.

vi. This is because there was much confusion among the Jews at the time what this passage meant. Some thought it referred to the prophet’s own experiences. Others thought that the servant was a representation of the entire nation of Israel. Still others though that it must point to the Messiah, God’s salvation to the nation.

vii. The question in the passage is fitting as well. “Who will declare his generation? For His life is taken from the earth.” It was clear to Philip who this passage was talking about. Philip was a Christian. It would be himself and his brothers in Christ that would declare Jesus to the world.

viii. Philip was obedient. He followed God’s direction. He was enthusiastic. He ran to overtake the chariot. Just as important as the first two, he was ready.

ix. Paul tells Timothy this in 2nd Timothy chapter4, verse 2 - Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

x. Philip was ready to open the scriptures to this man and let God do the work on his life. We see God at work in verses 35 through 37.

f. The Salvation (Acts 8:35 - 38)

i. 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?" 37 Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." 38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.

ii. Philip opens a mouth. It is significant here because in classical Greek writing, what it means is that this is the central point, the most important part, the climax of Philip’s conversation with the Ethiopian.

iii. Philip takes this opportunity to digress from the passage and explain the fulfillment of the passage itself through Jesus Christ. No doubt that Philip talked about Jesus’ life, His ministry, and His death, continuing to describe the coming of the Holy Spirit to the early church.

iv. Philip most likely relayed his own experiences and testimony to the eunuch as well. But the most important thing for us to take out of this conversation is this – Philip used the Scriptures to describe the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

v. Romans 10:17 tells us this - So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. This man heard the scriptures that day. He was ready to accept Jesus as his savior. Philip no doubt shared the whole gospel with this man, and the man wanted that saving faith, that hope that was only found in Jesus.

vi. They come to a small stream of water, and the Ethiopian wants to get baptized. He says to Philip, “What’s stopping me?” Talk about a leading question. I look at this question like the question the Phillipan jailer that asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

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