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Summary: A positive response to truth results in rejoicing.

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REJOICING IN THE TRUTH

Acts 8:26-39

By Cleavon Matthews

November 2004

INTRODUCTION

It was a time of persecution against the church at Jerusalem. Stephen was stoned. The saints were scattered abroad. Saul was making havoc of the church. Those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. Philip a man of honest report, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom went down to Samaria and preached Christ.

There was great joy in Samaria because the people gave heed to the word and they heard and saw the miracles done by Philip. Philip had a great ministry in Samaria. Numerous men and women were baptized when they believed Philip preaching those precious things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ.

But the focus shifts from the metropolitan of the masses to the significance of the singular. During the time when the angel of the Lord spoke directly to men, He said to Philip ‘Arise and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went…’ Why would the Lord call Philip from a successful mega ministry and have him go down to Gaza? The only spiritually intelligent answer is the Lord cares about every lost soul! Peter said, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7). The Lord cares about every lost soul that is …

Burdened with battles

Loaded with loathsomeness

Overcome with obstacles

Crushed with calamities

Mutilated with miseries

Frustrated with failures

Drowning with difficulties

Disgusted with depravity

Disguised with defilement

Chained with corruption

Spoiled with sin

Saturated with shame

Worn with wretchedness

Tormented with temptation

Engulfed with emptiness

Infirmed with iniquity

I.THE PROBLEMS OF THE SINNER

Acts 8:27b-31 “…and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, and eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.”

The Lord arranged a meeting between Philip and a man of Ethiopia. This is not present day Ethiopia. This is the ancient area of Nubia. The Ethiopian was undoubtedly a black man from the continent of Africa. This region represented to both the Greeks and Romans ‘the uttermost parts of the earth.’

He was an eunuch of great authority under Candance queen of the Ethiopians who had the charge of all her treasure. Candance was not her name. Candance was her title. Just as Pharaoh was not his name but his title. There were many Pharaohs and Candances. Furthermore Herod was not a name but a title. Caesar was not a name it was a title. Mr. President is not his name it’s his title.


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