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Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-40)

August 6, 2014

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we have begun a new sermon series entitled “Acts: The Spirit and the Church in the World“. This week’s sermon vividly accounts the transformational power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Duncanson acknowledges that God’s plan is to redeem a people for His glory through gospel preaching. The focus of this sermon is on Philips call to service according to a divine appointment that the Lord foreordained, which resulted in the true conversion of an Ethiopian Eunuch.

Philips Call to Service

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza. This is a desert place. And he rose and went (Acts 8:26, 27;ESV).

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Philip understood that this call to arise and go to Gaza was from God, because he recognized that the messenger of God (i.e. an angel of the Lord) spoke the very Word of God. God spoke to Philip because He had chosen him for His plan. This meant Philip would have to leave his comforts for a time to attend to weightier matters, laboring for the Lord of the harvest (Matthew 9:35-38). Philip obeyed the Word of the Lord, and in doing so, he too served as God’s messenger to proclaim the Gospel to the Ethiopian Eunuch (John 20:21).

Philips Divine Appointment

“…And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, Go over and join this chariot (Acts 8:27-29; ESV).”

The goal of the early Church was not to keep the Gospel in Jerusalem, instead the Lord’s redemptive plan extended beyond the borders of Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria to the ends of the earth. Philip’s meeting with this Ethiopian Eunuch was not a coincidence. In fact, God was sending the means of the eunuch’s salvation. This account attested to God’s faithfulness in keeping His promises by choosing Philip to play a critical role in the salvation of another chosen vessel (Genesis 12:1-3; Isaiah 56:1-8). Philip did exactly what he had learned from the apostles, to open up the Scriptures, ask questions, and point people to Jesus Christ.

The Ethiopian Eunuch: A True Conversion

So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, Do you understand what you are reading? And he said, How can I, unless someone guides me? And he invited Philip to come up and sit with himAnd the eunuch said to Philip, About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else? Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus (Acts 8:30-31, 34-35; ESV).”

The Ethiopian Eunuch was a religious man, who outwardly appears to be a worshipper of God. He traveled, spent money, and even gave careful attention to the reading of the Scriptures, yet he did not have Christ. Thus, after Philip thoroughly identified the eunuch’s problem, he expounded upon the Scripture by showing the suffering servant in Isaiah 53 is the Lord Jesus Christ. Subsequently, the Lord used Philip’s gospel preaching to convert the Ethiopian Eunuch, to which this man displayed genuine obedience and joy after seeing Christ revealed to him (vv. 36-39; Matthew 11:25-30).

Has the Gospel of Jesus Christ converted you?

The Ethiopian Eunuch’s reading did not lead him to self-righteousness, but self-awareness. He understood something was missing, he saw his sin and needed someone to point him to Jesus Christ. We do not know the hearts of men or whom God has foreordained from the beginning, but those who know Christ are to serve their King by proclaiming His forgiveness and salvation wherever He sends them.

Are you surrounding yourself around Christianity (i.e. books, conferences, social reform), yet Christ has not penetrated your heart? We cannot understand the Bible correctly, until we see that all Scripture points to Jesus Christ. Christ is the focal point of God’s redemptive plan and by Him, forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with God is available to all who believe (Romans 5).

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