Virtual Kollage: The Ethiopian Eunuch

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The Ethiopian Eunuch



PHILIP AND THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH
An angel of the Lord told Philip to move southward to the desert highway linking Jerusalem and Gaza and he obeyed the instruction.

On that Jerusalem to Gaza highway, Philip saw an Ethiopian eunuch who was part of the government of the queen of Ethiopia. He was a minister of Candace and was in charge of the queen’s treasury. This eunuch had been to Jerusalem to worship the lord and was returning to his country.

As the eunuch was seated in his chariot, he was reading from the book of Prophet Isaiah. Indeed, he was reading from Isaiah 53:8. The spirit of God told Philip to go and attach himself to his chariot. As he did so, he heard the eunuch reading the text “As a sheep led to the slaughter or a lamb before its shearer is dumb, so he opens not his mouth. In his humiliation, justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life has been taken up from earth.”

When Philip heard the eunuch reading these words, he asked him if he understood what he was reading. The eunuch said he did not unless someone explained it to him. He then asked Philip of whom the passage was talking about, whether it was about the Prophet himself or about another person?

Then Philip preached the gospel of Jesus to him. As they went along, they came to a body of water and the eunuch told Philip that if nothing barred him, he should baptize him in the water. So they both went into the water and Philip baptized the eunuch.

When they had both come out of the water, the spirit of God whisked Philip away and he vanished before the eunuch but the eunuch went on his way, rejoicing. The spirit took Philip to Azortus where he preached in many towns until he got to Caesarea.

WAYS IN WHICH PHILIP’S WORK IS IMPORTANT TO CHRISTIANS
Advanced the gospel
One way in which Philip’s work of evangelism is important to Christians is that it expanded the geographical reach of the gospel of Christ. The gospel by this singular act took the gospel beyond Jerusalem and Judea to Samaria and to other Gentile territories.

The Holy Spirit
The manifestation of the spirit of God during Philip’s evangelism shows that the Holy Spirit was still active after it had appeared for the first time on the day of Pentecost.

Conduit to Africa
Probably the first African to be converted to Christianity, it is important to note that the eunuch may have been a conduit through which further works of evangelism were initiated to introduce the gospel to Africa.

Divine inspiration
It is also important to note that no matter how well-read one is, he or she needs divine inspiration to understand the words in the bible.

 Role of ministers of God
There is the need for the ministers of God to assist people to understand the bible so that they can get converted.

PROBLEMS CONFRONTING EVANGELISM TODAY
1. The Geo-politics of a particular region where the gospel is being planted can be a problem for Christianity.

2. The modern world thinks that the stories of the bible are archaic so they would not bother to listen and that is an affront to the spread of the gospel.

3. Evangelism is an expensive venture. Sometimes, people lack the funds with which to evangelize and this affects the spread of the gospel.

4. Some would-be evangelists are not well versed in the gospel so they are found wanting when they go on evangelism missions.

5. The cultural environment in which the gospel is brought also influences how effective the evangelism can be.

SAMPLE QUESTIONS
1. a. Give an account of how Philip preached the gospel message to the Ethiopian eunuch.
   b. In what two ways was this episode important to Christianity?

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