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Philip a man of God


AD35 - Acts 8:26-40

Philip was on a preaching tour in Samaria when God sent him towards the desert to meet an Ethiopian official who was reading the bible and having a hard time understanding it. To this man Philip preached about Jesus and and after the official said he wanted to be baptized in water. Philip stopped the chariot and baptized the Ethiopian official who from all accounts then told many people about Jesus as we have to day a number of Jews and believers living in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian official was more than likely serving at the court of Queen Candace of Ethiopia

Philip was then transported by God to Azotus and he preached in all the cities until he got to Caesarea.

Background Reading:

Philip and the Ethiopian

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Go south to the road–the desert road–that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.' 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it." 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. "Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked. 31 "How can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture: "He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the Shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth." 34 The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?" 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptised?" 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptised him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.
Acts 8:26–40

More Information:

Philip was classed as a prophet and his four daughters were also classed as prophetesses.

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