Acts Chapter 8

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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.

2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

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.

8 And there was great joy in that city.

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:

10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.

11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.

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.

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.

14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

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.

21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

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.

25 And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.

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.

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,

28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

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.

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:

33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?

35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

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?

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.

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.

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.

40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

33 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 8

  1. 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,

    When Phillip joined himself to this chariot God was dealing with him as he was reading the word of God. If we could find people that are hungry for God and ready to listen, which can happen. For this to happen we must give ourselves to prayer and fasting, after this is done we could do anything through our Lord Jesus!

  2. If we too can stand boldly and be good missionaries sharing the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ as the apostles; the same can be said of our city as in the end of verses 3-8 MSG says “…..And what joy in the city!”.

  3. EAGERNESS

    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

    This is my main prayer that ALL GUEST will have the desire for the oneness revelation and with eagerness and no doubt will come with the same desire. Here is the water lets get baptized. Buy the truth and sell it not’

  4. PREACH MORE JESUS

    5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
    6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
    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.
    8 And there was great joy in that city.

    Following great persecution and the tragedy of Steven. Philip accepted the call to PREACH MORE JESUS. Knowing the fate of Steven and the persecution of the church did not hinder or distract the disciples from preaching MORE JESUS.

    The FRUIT or profit from the name of JESUS is DELIVERANCE, HEALING and JOY. However we witness the true heartbeat of JESUS when he transported Philip from a red hot revival service to join a hungry rich man in a chariot to explain BAPTISM in JESUS name to him (vs 34-19).

    At every opportunity we are called and challenged to PREACH MORE JESUS. Miracles, Deliverance, Healing and most importantly SALVATION are in the name of JESUS.

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  5. 6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
    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.
    8 And there was great joy in that city.
    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:
    10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
    11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
    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.

    THERE’S DELIVERANCE, HEALING IN HIS NAME!!!
    We may all know someone that is bound by sorcery, mentioning deliverance to them isn’t deliverance, but showing them by our walk with GOD what and how it is to be delivered in JESUS NAME is the only way they WILL obtain DELIVERANCE, VICTORY, POWER IN HIS NAME!!!

  6. What JOY!!!!

    As they continued down the road, they came to a stream of water. The eunuch said, “Here’s water. Why can’t I be baptized?” He ordered the chariot to stop. They both went down to the water, and Philip baptized him on the spot. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of God suddenly took Philip off, and that was the last the eunuch saw of him. But he didn’t mind. He had what he’d come for and went on down the road as happy as he could be. (‭Acts‬ ‭8‬:‭36-39‬ MSG)

    This is what happens when faith is mixed with the teaching of the word of The Lord!
    When the church goes around planting seeds, there will be a great harvest in return! Many lives will be transformed inside out. This is exactly what’s happening at POFW.

  7. 15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

    WE must pray for others, and spread the gospel! This gift isn’t just for us!

    Luke 11:13 (KJV)
    13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

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    3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

    4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

    5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

    With the persecution of the church, many could have been offended and backslid. But in the book of Acts, when the first church was persecuted they had great revival.

    We could look at this on a personal level with our every day lives. When we are persecuted, lied against, cheated, and all the other things that happen in life happen to us, do we think that somehow God has turned against us and then do we backslide, or do we enter into great revival?

  9. 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,

    30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

    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.

    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?

    There are still people out there who hunger for God, but are waiting on someone to lead and guide them to him. We must go out and reach these people, for if we don’t, who will?

  10. 18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

    19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

    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.

    21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

    22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

    Simon was baptized but did not receive the Holy Ghost, and when he saw the power that Peter possessed by the Spirit of God, he wanted the recognition that came with those miracles, signs and wonders, but did not want the God that performed those miracles, signs and wonders.

    We must be careful that we want MORE of God for God, and not for what He can do for us. There are many today that say the Spirit of God dwelling in them is not essential that they can get to heaven just with baptism. However, they lack the power of God dwelling inside of them that can change them forever. We are just a bag of bones and dirt without the breathe of God in us, and without His Spirit born in us through the gift of the Holy Ghost we are nothing, and can accomplish nothing, and furthermore are none of His. When that great trumpet sounds, it is His Spirit that is going to quicken us, if we don’t have His Spirit, there is nothing there to quicken us for the rapture.

    It’s important to get the get the real Spirit.

  11. 4 But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went. (NLT)

    Despite the persecution they knew was happening all around, they continued to spread the word wherever they went. We should never let anything or anyone discourage us or scare us from conintuing to talk about Jesus.

  12. On time revival.

    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.
    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.
    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.
    40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea

    How often do we see someone that is in true need and done help because we are so busy. Busy going to the store. Busy doing errands. Busy with life. Yet we have life everlasting in us. Revival starts with us. U.S. On a personal level. When we can get revival in our circle, great revival will take place. But God will make the time for you to do what you, “need” to get done. So reach out to those around you and have your own revival first. Then bring that into the house of God. And mix it with others of like manner.

  13. Then peter went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ unto them. Here it is saying that we to need to go thoughout the city of fort worth preach unto them like Peter did.

  14. 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
    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.

    We can’t stay in one place we need to go every where and preach the word of God to everyone who may hear. Many people may have heard of God and want more of God but they don’t understand! But we do, we understand the word of God, we don’t know everything because some things only God knows but from the knowledge we do know we need to spread it to the people that are hungry for God!!! 🙂

  15. 5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

    6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

    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.

    8 And there was great joy in that city.

    A Person That is lame a person that is in bondage a person that is possessed and people that aren’t saved and they
    Find out that you can help them “Save Them” & heal them that’s all they need .
    We need to preach Christ to all nations there’s people that need us !!! That need JESUS !!!

  16. 30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

    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.

    How important it is to continue to do bible studies.. There are hungry people out there that they need is a slow detailed explanation. They might have read it once and perhaps revelation has not been given. The results or the fruit of this bible study were evident. The enuch understood the word that was now being preached and understood that he needed to be baptized in Jesus’ name. This just shows that not all preaching is done behind a pulpit or in front of masses, but a one on one bible study explaining the Word.

  17. Acts 8:9-12 & 14-17
    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:
    10, To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
    11, And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
    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.

    14, Now when the apostles which were in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
    15, Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
    16, (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
    17, Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

    I have two thoughts here.
    1) Thank the Lord, that he has delivered us from the power of darkness (Col. 1:13), and he hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1Peter 2:9)
    2) So thankful for the Plan of Salvation. (Acts 2:38). When people have faith and believe the preaching of the Word, they can Repent, be Baptized in Jesus Name, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

  18. 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.

    8 And there was great joy in that city.

  19. More Revelation

    30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

    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.

    For those of us who have gained revelation of Christ, the gospel, and the Acts 2:38 message, we do well to never forget that it was not by our own power that we understood these things but that it was revealed to us by God. Having that revelation is no reflection of our worth or that we are “better” than anyone else who seeks God, it means simply we have had the opportunity to receive full truth and took advantage of it. The mindset that says we are to look down on other believers without full revelation is a subtle deception, and can come in just as slyly as the devil as the snake in the garden.

    But it is only a trick of the devil to suppress our hunger for MORE of God and MORE revelation, as well as hinder the sharing of truth to others. The devil tells us that somehow we are better than others because of the truth we have, all because that same seed of deception demands that we also then believe our revelation is somehow because of us and we are in need of no more of God, that we are self-sufficient. It is a deceptive, subtle form of pride that makes us destitute spiritually all while we believe we are rich.

    It is by contrast the humble soul cries out “God, I need MORE of You!” because it recognizes its own incompletion and emptiness without MORE of God, and receives with fear and trembling the revelation of full truth in recognition of Who it came from. It doesn’t look down on others without full truth, and recognizes the change in themselves after obedience to Acts 2:38 to be because of the grace of God, not themselves.

    Matthew 16:15-17
    15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

    16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

    17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

    Revelation 3:14-22
    14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

    15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

    16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

    17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

    18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

    19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

    20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

    21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

    22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

  20. 4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

    Even though they were all in different places the mission was the same… spread the gospel. It doesnt matter where you are we are to be about the same mission.

  21. v40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

    v25 And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.

    The LORD SEEKS receptive ears and hearts.
    It is truely Pentecostal preaching that perpetuates Pentecost. If we stop telling it the story , the glory, and experience that we have it will dim in dark silence because the gospel of JESUS CHRIST lives only when we preach it.
    Let us learn to continue to tell HIS GOSPEL and fill the all the atmosphere with HIS WORD AND HIS GOODNESS, MERCY , AND GRACE.

    MORE WORD !!!

  22. Acts 8:1 (AMP)
    ​1 AND SAUL was [not only] consenting to [Stephen’s] death [he waspleased andentirely approving]. On that day a great and severe persecution broke out against the church which was in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles (special messengers).

    Acts 8:4 (AMP)
    4 Now those who were scattered abroad went about [through the land from place to place] preaching the glad tidings, the Word [the doctrine concerning the attainment through Christ of salvation in the kingdom of God].

    Thank God for persecution. Persecution brings revival, outpouring, and harvest. Although we do not like persecution we should welcome it. Count it all joy when we fall into divers temptations. The sufferings are brief and for a moment and work in us a far exceedingly weight of glory.

    As our world changes we must look for the opportunity to do great things and experience great things in his kingdom.

  23. The martyrdom of Stephen brings about a wave of persecution against the church. This eruption of conflict drives the Christians out of Jerusalem into Judea and Samaria. Look closely at what happens; “They who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went” (vs4).This didn’t stop them in fact it made them spread the word even more whever they went. Stephen’s passion is to see the Gospel spread to the ends of the earth. His passion is accomplished through both his life and death.

  24. Scattered !!!! 1. AND Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Je-ru’-sa-lem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Ju-dae’-a and Sa-ma’-ri-a, except the apostles. Acts 7 : 58 2. And devout men carried Ste’-phen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. 3. As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. Acts 7 : 58 4. Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. Jesus help us !!!! Help us to hang on to you !!!!

  25. “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.” They heard the man of God (Jesus) preaching the word of God, and believed. The preached word of God by the man of God is powerful. Dear God, give me a deeper burden (more) for reaching others (outreach), so that they may also hear; “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done”. In God we trust! What a mighty God we serve! Thank God for his word. God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  26. 20 But Peter said unto himsThy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
    Salvation is free! We are brought with a price, but Jesus already paid for our sins so we wont be lost for eternity. All we have to is repent turn away from our sins our gods, or things that keep us from things of God.

  27. As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. (‭Acts‬ ‭8‬:‭3-4‬ KJV)

    The oppression that is meant to stop things often only spreads it. In this case the whole world found out because the few were threatened in their own homes. As we go through life we need to remember that it is when oppression comes that his word is spread unto all.

  28. 3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

    4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

    5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

    6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

    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.

    8 And there was great joy in that city.

    Sometimes the will of God come through what seems to be a tragedy. The apostles would have never scattered abroad and preach the gospel when they did if it wasn’t for the persecution of the church. When it seems like all is going wrong we need to stop and think what is God trying to do? His ways are greater than our ways and his thoughts greater than ours.

  29. 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.

    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 power of God in this city wide revival was so strong that it converted even the satanic man Simon. Many who come to God and are filled or converted still need to learn God’s way more perfectly so they can escape the sin in their lives rather than return to it. Simon was accustomed to being the great man of this city-one who was revered-yet God desired to change the course of his life. Now it is up to the process of discipleship to complete what has begun in his life.

  30. The Enouch didn’t speak in tongues.

    Acts 8:27–28 (NET)

    8:27 So he got up and went. There he met an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship, 8:28 and was returning home, sitting in his chariot, reading the prophet Isaiah.

    28. The Ethiopian was now returning; he ‘had not received the Spirit at Jerusalem’ (Davies, Land 274, noting that ‘geographical limits to “the Spirit” are transcended’ by his conversion—though it cannot be said that Luke was concerned to point this out since, except in a secondary text, he does not say that the eunuch received the Spirit). He was sitting in his wagon (for the expression cf. Josephus, Ant. 8:386, τῷ Ἀχάβῳ ἐφ ʼἅρματος καθεζομένῳ); perhaps we should say on (ἐπί with the genitive) his wagon, the vehicle being probably little more than a flat board on wheels. Little is known of the construction of travelling vehicles in antiquity, but the ἅρμα was certainly not the most luxurious kind of vehicle. That the word was used sometimes for a racing-chariot, sometimes for a war-chariot, does not suggest comfort in travelling; it is contrasted with the ἁρμάμαξα (a compound of ἅρμα with ἄμαξα), the (Persian) covered carriage by Herodotus (7:41:1; cf. Aristophanes, Acharnians 70). Blass (111f.) thinks that Luke uses ἅρμα for ἁρμάμαξα. At Gen. 41:42; 46:29 it translates מרכבה, a vehicle for travel, though the word has other meanings (and other Greek translations) elsewhere in the OT. All we can say is that Luke thought of a vehicle capable of holding two passengers. It cannot have moved very rapidly (it was probably ox-drawn) since Philip was able to run and join it (v. 30).
    ἦν ὑποστρέφων is descriptive rather than a simple periphrastic tense: he was on his way back. The usual imperfect ἀνεγίνωσκεν describes the Ethiopian’s occupation as he moved slowly along the road. He was fortunate to possess for himself a copy of a biblical book, and must have been enthusiastic in the practice of such features of the Jewish religion as were available to him. He was reading aloud, as was customary in antiquity; Haenchen (300) rightly disagrees with Begs. 4:97, where the usual interpretation of Augustine, Confessions 6:3 (Cum legebat [Ambrose], oculi ducebantur per paginas et cor intellectum rimabatur, vox autem et lingua quiescebant) is rejected. See also Betz (2 n. 6). Jews thought it desirable to read aloud because to do so helped the memory to retain what was read (StrB 2:687).

    C. K. Barrett, A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, International Critical Commentary (Edinburgh: T&T Clark., 2004), 426–427.

    We have no definitive proof that the eunuch ever received the Holy Spirit. If the Book of Acts is normative, as we interpret it, then this passage does not contradict our doctrine.

  31. 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

    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?

    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.

    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.

    When the eunuch received the word from Philip, he preached newest of life through being baptized. Every time Philip preached in Samaria after they received the word, they were all baptized in his name. Thi is just two thing that can prove these.

  32. 19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

    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.

    21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

    God knows our motives in everything that we do, he knows what our purpose behind every action, people can only see what you do but God see why you do it. We cannot cheat our through the kingdom of God, we cannot receive the anointing by trying to skirt around the system, by only trying to live a partially holy life, or only trying to live on most of the words of the bible but not all of them.

    If your heart is not in the right place, God does not want any part of it, if you’re not fully commited to doing something for the kingdom, then don’t commit to it. It’s better to not commit to something that you know you’re not ready for, then to commit to a promise that you know you can’t keep.

    And when you give into God’s kingdom and do work for his kingdom, do it with a cheerfulness, not with an ungrateful and complaining demeanor. God doesn’t want people to do work for him if they don’t do it out of love, for without love, we are not representing our Father in heaven.

    2 Corinthians 9:7-8 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly, or of necessity, for God loveth a cheerful giver.

    And God is able to make all grace abound towards you that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work

  33. Repent of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive your evil thoughts, (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭8‬:‭22‬ NLT)

    For we repent,for the wickedness that we get ourselves into,for that our lord draws us from trouble and delievers us from our difficult trails we face in our lives.Be humbled and ashamed for what we have thought, said, and done; to oursleves guilty in this matter, and be sorry for doing it; condemn our ways, and amend them; and be a new creature in Christ. For we must pray that God would give us repentance, and pardon upon repentance. In Jesus Name Amen!!!!

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