Skip to comments.How The Gospel Came To Africa...Acts 8 pt 6
Posted on 10/23/2013 11:37:33 AM PDT by pastorbillrandles
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 place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? (Acts 8:30-34)
Philip had been told by an Angel to join a chariot on the desert road . This meant that he ran alongside the chariot of the high Ethiopian official, as the man was reading his recently purchased scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
The Ethiopian just happened to have come to the fourth Servant song in Isaiah, chapter 52:13-53:12
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.
As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth
Do you understand what you are reading? ,asked Philip.
How can I unless someone teaches me?, answered the Ethiopian, who then invited Philip to come up into the chariot to teach Him.
Philip preached the crucified Christ, from the text of Isaiah, who lived 700 years before Jesus came, yet described in detail the cross and its meaning. We can learn something from this story as to how to witness to those God puts in our path.
*Philip preached from Prophecy An amazing sign of the veracity of the Bible is the fact that Jesus came in fulfillment of the prophets of scripture. God himself points to prophecy as being among His credentials ,
I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:(Isaiah 46:9-10)
* Philip preached Christ crucified in the light of scripture- He proclaimed that Jesus was the man spoken of by Isaiah, the vicarious sufferer, despised and rejected by men, bearing the transgression of us all, unto Gods judgment.
* Philip preached the fall of man and the guilt of sin - All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.(vs 6)
One couldnt expound on this theme without the mention of the fact that man is lost, gone astray, guilty of sin, transgression and iniquity, liable to wrath, estranged from God.
* He preached Jesus as the substitute for us in Divine judgment As the chapter makes clear, It was the Lord Himself who laid upon Him the iniquity of us all, the chastisement that bought us peace (with God) fell upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
* He proclaimed the vindication and glory of Jesus Philip proclaimed from Isaiah the glorious outcome of the mysterious suffering servant,
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.(Is 52:12)
when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.(Isaiah 53:10-11)
By this Divine report, the Ethiopian was brought into repentance and saving faith, peace with God, forgiveness of sins, and the gift of righteousness with God! Making a simple confession of faith in Jesus, he received the gift of eternal life.
We know he believed , because He requested baptism, to which Phillip only required sincere belief,
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.(Acts 8:37-39)
How does this chapter of the Bible end? The way the whole story will end, with a Rapture.It is like a microcosm of the future of the whole church history.
It begins with a persecution and scattering of the newly founded church, it proceeds onto the mission field, where signs wonders and gifts of the spirit confirm the preaching of the gospel.
Yet the word of the Lord is resisted by false wonder workers, false converts,great men who seduce and transfix the people, and who seek to make merchandise of Gods people, such as Simon Magnus. But always the truth of God prevails.
Spirit led conversions will occur which affect whole people groups, there has been an African church ever since the Ethiopian received the Word of the Lord.
Finally it all ends the way we expect it to end, Philip went up in a rapture!
Thanks for posting this wonderful story of salvation.
Isn’t it interesting how some will denounce the message of baptism as essential unto salvation when clearly Phillip preached that is is.
Also in the book of Acts 2:21: And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Very true. The obvious conclusion is that no one can cherry pick one or two verses from the Bible and make the claim that this (praying the believers prayer - calling on the name of the lord - accepting Christ into your heart - whatever) ALONE is the way to be saved.
Only if and when one hears, believes, repents, confesses and is baptized; will one then be saved.
Ahh, the theif on the cross story. It amazes me how many people mistakenly use this example to claim salvation can be obtained without baptism
Here is a very good outline that explains why the theif was saved without baptism.
Probably because it serves as a perfect example that baptism it isn't absolutely necessary, regardless of extraordinary efforts to explain it away.
Believe what you will. ;)
Romans 10:10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
You’re are cherry-picking. Let me explain. For some un-Biblical reason many people will pick out verses to live by and completey ignore other scriptures that they don’t like.
The same holds true with salvation. Are you saying that living by Romans 10:10 alone is all that is necessary to be saved? I don’t see any indication here in this verse alone that repentance is required, so can I be save without repenting of my sins?
I’ve reference two scriptures, out of many, that say ALL who CALL upon the Lord shall be saved. Please show me one that says you will be cast into the lake of fire if you are not ceremonially baptized in water. Granted it is something that should be performed if at all possible. Sometimes it is something that isn’t possible due to circumstances beyond control, like in the case of the one hanging on the cross with Messiah.
Amen, Paul himself told us that “Christ didn’t send me,(him) to baptize”, but to preach the gospel, for it is the gospel which saves...
Unbelievable. Have you never heard of the Great Commission? Read that and then tell me Jesus did not command baptism.
I’m not denying that 1 may be saved by calling on the name of the Lord. But you must admit there is more to it than that. The thief didn’t call upon the name of the Lord, right? So please don’t ignore the many scriptures that command repenting confessing, believing and baptism.
For BY ONE SPIRIT are we all baptized into one body..."(1 Cor. 12:13).
It is the Holy Spirit, in this dispensation of grace we are living in, that baptizes us into Christ; not baptism by water. It is a spiritual baptism, not a wet one. It's a shame so many cannot see this.
By the way,you didn’t answer my question. Can you be saved without repenting? And do you know why the the thief wasn’t baptized? For the same reason Abraham, Moses or the prophets weren’t baptized. Christ had not died, had not been buried, and had not risen again when they all died.
But now we must die to our sins and be buried in baptism and be raised in newness of life for the forgiveness of our sins. Cherry picking one or two passages alone is unscriptual.
Really? Look again at this thread centering on Acts chapter 8. About the conversion of the Ethiopian. Clearly Philip was preaching the gospel which evidently included baptism in water.
To deny that a physical baptism is essential unto salvation is just false doctrine.
And how do we KNOW it's a SPIRITUAL BAPTISM and NOT a WATER BAPTISM?
"For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the GOdhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are CIRCUMCISED with the circumcision MADE WITHOUT HANDS, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: BURIED with him in BAPTISM, wherein also ye are RISEN with him through the FAITH OF THE OPERATION OF GOD, who hath raised him from the dead." (Col.2:9-14). This is ALL about the Holy Spirit's work. It is ALL SPIRITUAL. NOT physical. The baptism is no more physical than the circumcision is.
We are not under the law, we are under grace. We are given the Gospel of the grace of God now. Centered on the FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST. TOday there is ONE BAPTISM. Which has nothing to do with water. And everything to do with the work of the HOLY SPIRIT baptizing us into the Body of Christ. It's spiritual. Not physical. You can read all about it in Romans through Philemon, and starting in Acts chapter 9. Imagine that! You were just ONE CHAPTER away from knowledge of the dispensation of the grace of God.
While certainly a very worthy ceremony to adhere to, and one I most strongly encourage, it's obviously not an absolute necessity.
For the same reason Abraham, Moses or the prophets werent baptized. Christ had not died, had not been buried, and had not risen again when they all died.
Note that John was baptizing before the crucifixion.
Cherry picking one or two passages alone is unscriptual.
The scriptures I reference stand alone in there meaning (i.e., no context needed).
By the way, you didnt answer my question. Can you be saved without repenting?
As the scriptures say many times and in many books, Call upon the Lord; profess your faith in Yeshua Messiah; ask forgiveness of your sins; is all that is necessary to be called up at his second coming. Remain in Messiah lest ye join the queue for judgment of your works at the end. :-)
You yourself referenced upthread the passage that there is One Baptism. So how come now you argue there is a water baptism and a spirit baptism?
Here are some other references to consider when considering that baptism is essential.
“But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward
man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done,
but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of
regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,”
“whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our
Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become
heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” - Tit 3:4-7
And how does the Spirit do this?
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be
baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins;
and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
“For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who
are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” - Ac 2:38-39
How about a reference that SUPPORTS your argument.
Spirit Baptism Saves Us, Not Water Baptism!
1. Another objection to the necessity of baptism involves making a
distinction between baptism in the Spirit and baptism in water;
this view proclaims...
a. “The baptism which saves is a baptism in the Spirit at the point
b. “Passages like Ro 6:3-7, Ga 3:27, etc., refer to Spirit baptism,
not water baptism”
2. Those upholding this view point out...
a. There are many different types of baptisms in the Bible
b. We should not assume that water baptism is always the subject
3. As expressed by one proponent of this view...
a. “There is a way to distinguish between water baptism and Spirit
Baptism in those scriptures which do not specifically tell which
type is being discussed.”
b. “That way is this: if the passage is talking about being placed
into Christ, then it is talking about Spirit Baptism, not Water
Baptism, for Spirit Baptism is how we are placed into Christ.”
c. “...in Romans 6, for example, it is obvious that the context is
being placed into Christ and the passage dwells on the believer’s
identification with Christ, with His death, and with His
resurrection. In this passage, the believer is not baptized into
WATER, but into the death of Christ.” - Baptism and Salvation,
Charles T. Buntin
— Of course, this argument presumes the very point to be proven
[There are several problems that I have with this effort to explain
away the necessity of baptism in water for the remission of sins. To
begin with, the Bible teaches...]
I. THERE IS ONE BAPTISM
A. THE BIBLE DOES DESCRIBE MANY BAPTISMS...
1. At the very least there are six...
a. The baptism of Moses (Israel) - 1Co 10:1-2
b. The baptism of John, a baptism in water - Mk 1:4-5
c. The baptism of the Holy Spirit - Mt 3:11; Lk 3:16; Ac 1:5;
2:1-4; 10:44,45; 11:15-16
f. The baptism of fire (judgment) - Mt 3:11; Lk 3:16,17
d. The baptism of suffering (persecution) - Mt 20:20-33; Lk
e. The baptism of the Great Commission, which was a baptism in
water - Mt 28:19; Mk 16:15-16; Ac 2:38; 8:12-13,35-38;
2. Some include two more...
a. The baptism of Noah, metaphorically speaking, which
involved water - 1Pe 3:20
b. The baptism of Jesus, which involved water and the Spirit
- Mt 3:16-17
B. THERE IS NOW JUST ONE BAPTISM...
1. In describing the unity of the Spirit...
a. Paul proclaims there is one baptism - Ep 4:3-7
b. Just as there is only one Lord, one faith, one hope, etc.
2. To which of the six (or eight) baptisms was Paul referring?
a. I believe we can safely rule out all but two
b. The issue boils down to this: Is the one baptism of
1) The baptism of the Holy Spirit?
2) The baptism of the Great Commission?
— Or might there actually be a connection between these
two, with the end result there being one baptism with
two elements: water and the Spirit?
[Whichever, we cannot have two or more baptisms; there is only one
baptism! Now let me explain why regarding the one baptism...]
II. IT IS THE BAPTISM OF THE GREAT COMMISSION
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