What Is The Main Point Of The Story of Philip and The Ethiopian Eunuch?

(What Is The Main Point Of The Story of Philip and The Ethiopian Eunuch?) Question and Answer.

Question:

“What is the main point of the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch?”

Answer:

I won’t try to quote the entire passage but you can open it in a new window by clicking here (Acts 8:25 – 40).

There seems to be two main points in this story. The first is that the gospel is for all people. Up to this time, the gospel had been preached only to the Jewish people. This foreigner was probably Jewish (or a convert to Judaism) who had journeyed at great expense and effort to reach Jerusalem to worship. All this in spite of the fact (that as a eunuch) he could not enter into the house of worship and was considered “unclean” according to the law of Moses (Deuteronomy 23:1).

Interestingly, the angel has to order Philip to join this man in his chariot. This may have been for the same reason that the vision of unclean animals (Acts 10) was shown three times to the apostle Peter. In other words, Peter and Philip had to be convinced to associate with those whom the Old Law had pronounced as unclean.

Philip preached to this man and this man became a Christian. The first great message is that God is trying to show His people that those who were formerly counted as unworthy of being in the assembly of God are now welcome. Of course, as in the case of Cornelius (a Gentile, i.e. non-Jewish person) and Peter (Acts 10), the gospel can now be shared with many more people.

The second great point of this account is the simple preaching and response to the gospel. Philip “preached Jesus to him” (Acts 8:35). In hearing the message of Jesus, the Ethiopian heard about faith and baptism, because when he heard, he then asked to be immersed.

So, they stopped the chariot, and, “they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him” (Acts 8:38). This man was then saved, as the Lord had promised (Mark 16:16). He was saved in spite of his former “unclean” condition (according to the Law).

We also can be saved if we will stop, go down into the water and be baptized in the name of Jesus. That is the second great lesson I see. There are many valuable lessons here and other people may find them more central. But in my opinion, these are the two central points.

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