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Philip and The Ethiopian

The record of the ministry of the apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry) dominates much of the New Testament in Acts and the Epistles (Paul himself wrote most of the Epistles), however in the time before Paul's conversion the activities of numerous other servants of God were more evident. That included not just the apostles (e.g. see Peter's Ministry), but many others such as Philip The Evangelist.

"behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians"

Paul was a great missionary of God, but others who are lesser known, but no less important to the truth that they preached, also had a profound effect upon the spread of the Gospel to the world. A good example of that is Philip's conversion of the Ethiopian. It wasn't just a chance meeting, "the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert."

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"And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an 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 [see The Holy Ghost and The Holy 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 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? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus." [see also Christ In The Old Testament]

"And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? [see also The Origin of Baptism] 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. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea." (Acts 8:26-40 KJV)

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