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Sunday, November 29, 2015

7 Things We Learn From the Ethiopian Eunuch

Acts 8:26-39, Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
In Acts 8:26-39, when Philip speaks with the Ethiopian Eunuch, God highlights these truths:

1. The Gospel is for all nations and races. 

This conversion of a black foreigner proved to the early Church that everyone is equal in the kingdom of God.* Revelation 5:9-10

2. The Gospel is for all classes of people. 

The Ethiopian was "important" (v.27). Sometimes we concentrate on the poor and needy; but rich, important people also need Jesus. 1 Timothy 6:17-19

3. Without God's Spirit, Scripture is hard to understand (v. 30-31).
1 Corinthians 2:14 ;John 14:26

4. Old and New Testaments are about Jesus. 

Philip started in the Old Testament to explain Jesus (v.32-35) just as Jesus did in Luke 24:27.

5. Sincere seekers find Jesus. 
The Ethiopian wanted to know the truth. Jeremiah 29:13

6. Sincere converts will not need coaxing to obey. 
The Ethiopian wanted to be baptized immediately (v.36). 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10

7. Obedience to the Gospel brings joy (v.39). John 15:10-11  

What a Truth-packed story from God's Word!
* If you read all of Acts, you will find that this was a hard truth for the Jews to accept, even some of the Apostles. See Galatians 2

Bible Study
Acts 8:26-39, Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
Thoughtfully read the passage below and find each of the 7 truths mentioned above. What do you think of the supernatural aspects of this passage? How do they enhance your understanding of conversion? 

I also encourage you to read each verse in the devotion above by clicking the links.

Acts 8:26-39:  Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. 31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. New International Version (NIV) 

[37] Some manuscripts include this verse 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.'  (NKJV) 

Why is Acts 8:37 footnoted and not considered part of the text in most translations?
Newer translations of the Bible are translated from the oldest manuscripts, some of which were found after the older translations (like the KJV) of the Bible were written.  (See Dead Sea Scrolls.) Bible authorities believe that verses like Acts 8:37 were not part of the original text but added later. Nothing in these added verses changes the doctrine of Scripture, but for the sake of accuracy, they are omitted and footnoted in newer translations. Read more HERE. copyright, 2015, Gail Burton Purath, BibleLoveNotes.com 
All Scripture linked, most Scripture NIV 
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