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#2 A Humble Ethiopian Eunuch Submitted to God in Faith and Baptism

A case study of Baptism and Salvation, Acts 8:26-40.

The Bible tells us that Salvation comes from the mercy of God, and Baptism is an essential part of one's spiritual journey with God. It's a spiritual awakening and confession of faith reborn in the water.





Acts 8: 26-40 KJV


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 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. 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? 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."

From this passage, you can see that the Ethiopian eunuch was willing to surrender. The moment he realized that he needed to be saved, he never resisted. Phillip preached the gospel to help the Ethiopian man understand the word of God he was trying to understand. He then believed and confessed to believing in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Phillip led him to salvation and Baptism by the spirit of God. The Ethiopian submitted to Phillip, in turn, was submitting to God.


It was not by his desire to enter the first water he saw or questioned whether baptism was required or not to be saved. He only believed and then acted in faith to be Baptized. Phillip was also not led by his desire but by the Spirit of God. God was there with Phillip and the Ethiopian man that day to lead him to salvation.



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