Being a Witness for God
by thadd presley 11/13/2006 / Christian Living
Stephen had just been stoned to death
Acts: 8:1: And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
Acts: 8:2: And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.
Acts: 8:3: As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
This was a bad time to be a Christian because all the believers were scattered abroad, but they went preaching the Word.
Acts: 8:5: Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
Acts: 8:6: And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
Acts: 8:7: For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
Acts: 8:8: And there was great joy in that city.
A sorcerer gets saved
Acts:8:9: But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
Acts:8:10: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
Acts:8:11: And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
Acts:8:12: But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Acts:8:13: Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
The sorcerer offers money for God’s gifts
Acts: 8:18: And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
Acts: 8:19: Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
Acts: 8:20: But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
Acts:8:21: Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
Acts:8:22: Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
Acts:8:23: For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
Acts:8:24: Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.
Being a great witness for God
Acts:8:26: 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.
Acts:8:27: 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,
Acts:8:28: Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
(This is the book of Isaiah?)
Acts:8:29: Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
He asks the Ethiopian if he understands what he is reading?
Acts:8:30: And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias (Book of Isaiah), and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
The Ethiopian asks for guidance from Phillip
Acts:8:31: 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.
Acts:8:32: 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:
Acts:8:33: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
The Ethiopian ask of who Isaiah is writing about? Himself or of another person?
Acts:8:34: 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 started reading where the Ethiopian left off and told him of Jesus
Acts:8:35: Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
The Ethiopian wants to get baptized
Acts:8:36: 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?
The Ethiopian confess Jesus as the Son of God
Acts:8:37: 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.
Acts:8:38: 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.
Acts:8:39: 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.
Acts:8:40: But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.
I think this shows us, as Christians, exactly what we are supposed to do as witnesses. We are to ask a person if they understand what they are reading and help them understand it. And then if they are convicted of the spirit we are to know how to help them become saved and baptized -- if that is what they want.