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The Church Persecuted And Scattered  (ch. 8:1 - 3)

 

The day Stephen was killed was a watershed day in the life of the church.  The church's situation changed drastically after Stephenís death.  Earlier we noted that the church had favour among the people, and so they did, but not among the Sanhedrin.  What Stephen had to say, totally infuriated the Jewish leaders.  A full scale war would now be initiated by the Jewish establishment.  This clearly tells us that even though Jesus promised abundant life in John 10:10 to those who followed Him, this life would be full of problems and persecution.

 

There was a large gap between the ordinary Jew and their leaders.  The leaders were wealthy and intellectual.  The ordinary people weren't so wealthy and weren't so educated.  They did not have the opportunity to advance intellectually.  Such a gap between leadership and the people seems to be the way it is in all cultures, including the church.  As a matter of fact, during the dark days of pagan Catholicism, church leaders forced their people to be uneducated in Biblical matters.  The ordinary person was not permitted to have a Bible.  What they learned about the Bible was taught them by an apostate Christian leadership.      

 

Verse 1 says, "on that day, (the day of Stephenís stoning) a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria".  Did every last Christian (possibly 25,000 to 35,000 Christians) leave Jerusalem?  This is probably not the case.  We should most likely understand the word "all" to be generic, that is, "all, as in most". 

 

So why didnít the apostles leave the city along with the other Christians?  I have often heard that God allowed this persecution a means to get Christians moving out of town in order to spread the gospel elsewhere.  Those who say this suggest that the apostles were slow in following the Acts 1:8 mandate, and that they were actually slower than the ordinary Christian who seemed to obey the mandate, may need to rethink their thinking.  I might suggest that the fleeing of these people had more to do with saving their lives and obeying Acts 1:8.

 

This thinking may or may not be true.  I just don't know because the text doesn't say.  A, the ordinary Christian was most likely simply fleeing out of fear for their lives.  They weren't necessarily motivated from a stance that they felt they needed to spread the gospel, although they did.  The twelve apostles, as we have already seen, had little or no fear, thus for this reason they may not have fled.  They were there to evangelize their Jewish brothers and sisters, and that is what they would do until the Lord told them otherwise.  There should be no put-down of the apostles for not leaving Jerusalem, or so I think.

 

Some Bible teachers suggest that they apostles were still very much tied to their Judaism and for this reason they stayed in Jerusalem.  This may or may not be the case. Again, the text does not say this. The text does not give any reason why the apostles stayed in Jerusalem.

 

We see Judea and Samaria mentioned in verse 1.  Judea was the Roman province dedicated to the Jews.  Samaria was just north of Judea.  Samaritans lived here.  They were half Jews and half Gentiles, both by religion and also by ethnicity.  Fore the most part this was do to men living in the Northern Kingdom of Israel prior to 722 B C marrying into pagan wives. 

 

In verse 2 Luke tells us that Godly men buried Stephen.  The Jewish practice in those days was to bury the dead the same day they died.  Usually there was great moaning and cries associated with the burial.  In those days people actually hired professional mourners who would cry at funerals.  We donít know who these men were that buried Stephen.  I suppose if they were the apostles Luke would have told us so.  So I speculate that these men were ordinary Christians, or even perhaps some of the six administrators of food to the poor that Stephen would have worked with, since he was one of them

 

Contrasting these Godly men, in verse 3 Luke mentions Saul, beginning to "destroy the church".  He seemed greatly motivated by watching Stephen die.  He went from house to house dragging out as many Christians as he could find and locked them up in prison.  In this second mention of Saul, you can see his great zeal, something that would one day be redeemed and used by our Lord.

 

One thing to note here is that Saul, later to be known as Paul, did not play favourites.  He dragged out both men and women, and put them both into prison. This shows you how fierce Paul was in his attempt to destroy the church. We should realize that pre-conversion Paul was a very violent man.  This might be one reason why Jesus had to be so dramatic when He met Paul on the road to  Damascus. 

 

The NIV uses the word "dragged".  The Greek word translated as "dragged" here literally means to drag.  Luke isn't speaking symbolically here.  

 

 

Philip In Samaria (ch. 8:4 - 8)

In verse 4 Luke records that "those who were scattered preached the word wherever they went". We must remember that the twelve apostles stayed in Jerusalem.  They did not leave town.  They could have stayed because they felt they needed to preach Godís words to the Jews and their leaders as long as they could.  I believe that those who fled town did so because they were afraid.  Nevertheless, that didn't stop those who fled to preach as they fled.  For this reason, Jesusí words in Acts 1:8 concerning the gospel being preached beyond Jerusalem began to be fulfilled by the new converts.

 

Verse 5 says that Philip "went down to preach the word in Samaria.  First of all, note the word down.  Don't be confused.  Samaria was not down, as in, down south, from Jerusalem.  In fact it was up, as in, up north of Jerusalem.  The reason why Luke uses the word down is because he is talking in terms of elevation.  He's not talking in terms of direction.  Jerusalem is situated on hills, and for this reason, the Bible uses the word "down" when leaving Jerusalem.     

 

It is thought by most Bible scholars that the Philip mentioned here is the Philip who was one of the seven men who were chosen to distribute food back in chapter 6.  He was not one of the twelve apostles.  The reason why this conclusion is made is because the twelve apostles stayed in Jerusalem, and this Philip went to Samaria.

 

You also see this Philip mentioned in Acts 21:8 where Luke calls him an evangelist, having four daughters who prophesied.  He lived in Caesarea, a coastal town on the Mediterranean Sea.

 

If this Philip was one of the seven food distributers then it is clear that he didn't spend all of his time handing our food.  One obvious reason is that these food distributers were appointed to hand out food in Jerusalem , and now that most of the Christians in town fled, his job would have been over.  He thus became a preacher of the gospel as he fled as well.    

 

In verses 7 and 8 we see that Philip, like Stephen and the Twelve, was used by God in performing many miracles, which included casting demons out of people.  For this reason Luke says that the people "paid close attention" to him; and why not.  These were spectacular events. 

 

Once again, we should note that these miracles were "a sign" to draw peopleís attention to the preaching of the gospel. 

 

Verse 8 says that there was "great joy in that city".  This would only be natural since many sick and demon possessed people were made well.  Because of these miracles there was an open door for the gospel in Samaria. 

 

 

Simon The Sorcerer (ch. 8:9 - 25)

 

We see in verse 9 that in Samaria there was a man named Simon who practiced sorcery, or magic.  Apparently he was quite successful and many people gave him their attention, as we see they gave to Philip.  In verses 10 and 11 the people called Simon "the Great Power", thinking that he was divine.  We see this elsewhere.  People, who did miraculous things, whether from satan or God, were considered to be divine.  We will see this later when the Apostle Paul is bitten by a poisonous snake and he doesn't die.  Everyone thinks he is a god.    

 

In verse 12 when Philip came to the area "preaching the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ", he too performed many miracles.  He gave Simon some unwanted competition.

 

In verse 12 we see that the people were so taken with Philip and his preaching that they both believed and were baptized.  It's clear that the miracles got the attention of the people, but I'm sure Philips preaching was carried to the hearts of those listening by the Holy Spirit.

 

We need to note something here that I will come back to later, and that is, these people believed and then they were baptized.  We will see that even though they believed and were baptized, they had not received the Holy Spirit into their lives.  Pentecostals often use the book of Acts to build their doctrine on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.  This can't really be done because the situations they use from Acts are never the same.  There is no regularity, especially concerning receiving the Holy Spirit.

 

I think I can safely say that even though, as we will see, these people had not received the Holy Spirit as yet, their belief in Jesus was real.  I don't think Philip would have baptized these people if he didn't think their faith was real. 

 

Verse 12 tells us that Philip preached the good news of both Jesus and the Kingdom of God .  I think too often as Evangelicals over the years we've preached Jesus but not the Kingdom of God .  The Christian confession as Paul states in Romans 10:9 is that Jesus Christ is Lord.  By being Lord, or King, this means that Jesus is Lord or King over His Kingdom.  If we are to preach Jesus as both Christ, (Saviour) and Lord, then we must preach the Kingdom of God .  We can't preach Jesus as Lord without telling people that He is Lord over a Kingdom.     

 

Luke says that even Simon himself believed Philip and was water baptized.  Luke states that Simon was so taken by Philip and the miracles that he followed him around in astonishment.  Later we will really see what was in the heart of this man.  We might want to question the validity of Simonís conversion.  I really don't think Simon gave his life to Jesus in true faith.  I think what Peter says later shows that Philip didn't think Simon was a true believer as well.    

 

We might want to think about this.  If Simon had a false faith, there might well have been others with a false faith in this crowd of new believers.  I don't think we can rule that out.  If this is so, the mixture of false and real faith might well have prevented the Holy Spirit from falling into these people as we saw in Acts 2.  I'm not saying this as a fact, I'm simply suggesting it.

 

Now what is to follow is very interesting.  Letís back-track a bit and state what has happened so far in Samaria .  Philip came and preached about the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus.  Along with his preaching, miracles occurred.  Many ďbelievedĒ what Philip said and were water baptized, but this was not the end of the matter. 

 

In verse 14 we note that when the apostles in Jerusalem learned of that the Samarians had "accept the Word of God" they sent Peter and John to Samaria .  The reason why Peter and John came to visit Samaria was to pray for these new believers to receive the Holy Spirit, "because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them".

 

There is one thing I believe we can learn here.  One can believe, or, give his life to Jesus, and even be water baptized, without receiving the Holy Spirit.  This is similar to the Acts 2 experience in that in both cases the believers believed and were baptized but had not yet received the Holy Spirit.

 

Verse 17 states that when Peter and John laid hands on these people "they received the Holy Spirit".  This differs from Acts 2 in that Peter and John laid hands on the people to receive the Holy Spirit.  No one laid hands on the one hundred and twenty in Acts 2.

 

What makes this event interesting is that there was a time period between these people believing and receiving the Holy Spirit.  Some suggest that these people actually did receive the Holy Spirit when they first believed Philipís preaching, but this is not the case.  These same people suggest that what happened when Peter and John came was the second experience with the Holy Spirit called the Baptism in the Spirit.  That's not the case either.

 

Luke clearly states that these people did not receive the Spirit at first. They only believed and were water baptized. The Spirit had not yet "come on them".  Note the term "not yet come on them".  This term, along with other similar phrases, mean the same thing.  Other such phrases are, "filled with", "shall be baptized", and "poured out".  It's important to understand that these terms show how one receives the Holy Spirit, or, is filled with the Spirit at some point after receiving the Holy Spirit.    

 

There is no hint in this passage that what happened when Peter and John laid their hands on these people was a second work of grace called the Baptism in the Spirit.  This was no second work of grace.  It was a first work of grace when it comes to the Holy Spirit.  Therefore, one cannot prove the Baptism in the Spirit as a second work of grace by using this passage.  Again, what I mean by the second work of grace is this.  One receives the Holy Spirit at initial salvation, then, at some later date, gets filled with the Spirit and power.  Thus, it's a second work of grace.   

 

I believe the conclusion here is that one can be a believer without the Holy Spirit.  If this was not the case, then you canít call these people true believers when they were water baptized.  It is clear from the text that these people, except for Simon, and maybe a few others, were true believers when they were water baptized but did not have the Spirit of God residing within them. 

 

To me, initial salvation is a package made up of 3 parts, repenting, believing, and receiving the Spirit.  This may take place all at once or over a period of time.  Yet oneís salvation package, as I call it, is not fully complete until the Spirit comes to live in the person.  Prior to this point, if one is a believer only, he is on shaky ground, because you cannot live the Christian life outside of the Holy Spirit.  This is most likely why Peter and John had to come to these people.  They had to make sure they received the Holy Spirit, and not a second work of grace called the baptism in the Spirit.

 

Yet even as I say these words I am reminded of what Paul says in Romans 8:9, where he says that if you do not have the Spirit of God, you do not belong to God.  This is a large subject and all Scriptures must be incorporated into our thinking.   For this reason I see that salvation, or initial salvation as I call it, is a package.  You repent, you believe, and you receive the Holy Spirit.  This may be spontaneous for some, or take a while for others.   

 

Why the Holy Spirit was not given when Philip preached is beyond my understanding.  Philip was a man who lived by the power of God.  Why did Peter and John have to come and lay hands on these people to receive the Spirit?  I can only guess.  We must conclude from this that if this happened once, it can happen again.  Thus not everyone who believes necessarily receives the Spirit at the moment of first belief. 

 

To confuse the matter even more, let me say this.  There are some Pentecostals that differ from the above stated thinking concerning the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.  These people say that one does not receive the Holy Spirit at initial salvation.  They receive Him at the experience called the Baptism in the Spirit.  This is actually more credible when you consider Acts 2 and Acts 8 because that is exactly what happened in both of these circumstances.  That being said, the Acts 2 believers could not have received the Holy Spirit prior to Acts 2 because Jesus had not yet ascended into heaven to give Him to the believers.  For that reason, the believers in Acts 2 had no way of receiving the Holy Spirit at what I call initial salvation, that is, when they first believed./     

 

Samaritans were Jews who had intermarried with Gentiles.  So you might call them half Jew and half Gentile.  We don't know for sure if all these people fit into this category.  There might well have been some full fledged Jews among them.  I say this to note the progress of how the Holy Spirit was given in the young church.  First, in Acts 2, the Holy Spirit was given to Jews.  Here in Acts 8 He is given to Samaritans, who were half Jews.  Later, in Acts 10, He was given to Gentiles.  There seems to be some kind of progression here concerning the giving of the Spirit.  This fits into the Biblical thinking that says, "to the Jew first, and then to the Gentile".      

 

Verses 18 says that "when Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostlesí hands, he offered them money, and said, Ďgive me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit'". 

 

There are a couple of points to be made concerning Simonís response and request.  First of all he saw something dramatic when the Holy Spirit came to these people.  If nothing visible had happened, he would not have seen anything to make such a request.  It is my opinion that an Acts 2 experience came to these people.  For the first time in their lives they received the Holy Spirit in dramatic fashion.  What dramatic things happened here we don't know.  They might have spoken in tongues as the one hundred and twenty did in Acts 2 or they might not have spoken in tongues.  We just don't know so we cannot give a definitive explanation.  All that we know is that Simon saw something dramatic.  My guess is that these people might well have spoken in tongues.

 

Secondly, you might want to question the validity of Simonís faith.  Why did he believe Philipís preaching in the first place?  Was he like those who followed Jesus for the loaves and fish?  Was he only believing to get some kind of power to maintain his popularity among the people?  It certainly looks like that to me.  Therefore, if I am right, his faith was a false faith.  This is the kind of faith that James speaks about in his letter.  A false faith does not produce good works.  You can tell that someone has real faith by the way they live.

 

True faith, true belief, will result in real godly works.  Such works were not evident in Simonís life.  This tells me that not everyone who claims faith has true faith.  Unless you see good works that are a direct result of faith, there most likely is not real faith in the one who claims faith.  One can do good things apart from faith in Jesus.  The Bible calls these faithless works filthy rags.

 

Even at this very early stage in the lives of these new believers Peter expected to see a change in people due to the faith they claimed to have.  I say this because Peter did not recognize Simon's faith to be real.  I often hear Christian say that "he is a young Christian.  He needs time to change".  There is some truth in this, but when we look at Peter's response to Simon; I believe that there should be some visible proof that one has real faith at the moment of their conversion.    

 

Peterís response in verses 20 to 23 is interesting.  He says, "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!  You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.  Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord.  Perhaps He will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.  For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin". 

 

From Peterís words, it is quite clear that he felt Simon did not have true faith. Peter says that Simonís "heart was not right with God".  He also told Simon to repent.  One must repent before one can truly believe in Jesus.  There is no logic in the idea that there can be faith without repentance. Simon never repented.  His words and actions proved that sufficiently for Peter. 

 

Peter appears to be a little sarcastic when he uses the word ďperhapsĒ.  We know that there is no ďperhapsĒ about it.  If one truly repents and then trusts Jesus, Jesus will forgive him.   I do need to stress the word repent here because this is a word that is fast being laid aside in our generation.  Repentance is part of the initial salvation package, as I have called it earlier.  One cannot believe unless he first repents.  This is the case with Simon.  I believe we have many Simon's today, and that's partly due to the fact the church is forsaking the basic elements of the gospel.

 

We note that mixing the ministry of the Holy Spirit with money for financial gain is a very wicked sin.  I suggest that some of our modern day TV evangelists with a so-called healing ministry should think about this.  Some of them are close to being a Simon in my opinion.  

 

Note the words "this ministry".  The ministry that Peter is speaking of here is the giving of the Holy Spirit through the lives of men like Peter and John.  I don't think "this ministry" means the preaching of the gospel here.      

 

Simonís response in verse 24 appears to be somewhat sincere, but probably based on fear.  He says, "Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you said will happen to me".  Even if Simonís response was a little sincere, it was without knowledge.  Peter could have prayed, but Peter asked Simon to do the praying.  Simon seemed to have missed the point that he needed to repent and ask for his own forgiveness.  Peter could not do that for him. 

 

The story of Simon abruptly ends at this point.  We donít know what ever happened to him.  This section closes by Luke telling us that after the baptismal service Peter and John proclaimed the gospel and returned to Jerusalem , preaching to others on the way home.

 

As I've said earlier, you cannot prove from this passage the traditional thinking concerning the second work of grace called the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.  When it comes to the Holy Spirit, this was not a second work of grace.  It was a first work of grace.   

 

Philip And The Ethiopian (ch. 8:26 - 40)

 

The miracles of the Holy Spirit continue to be seen in the early church when an angel spoke to Philip and told him "to go south Ö to Gaza". 

 

While walking on this road Philip met a very influential eunuch from Ethiopia, in Africa.  He was in charge of Queen Candaceís finances.  He was most likely very wealthy.  This man was either what is called a God fearer or possibly a Gentile proselyte or convert to Judaism. 

 

The term "eunuch" has two meanings.  Either this man had been castrated, because this is the basic meaning to the word, or, he was an important official, which we know he was.  The point is that a eunuch in these days either meant a castrated man or an important man.  I suggest that there is a good chance this man was not castrated.

 

I said that this man was either a god fearer or a Gentile convert to Judaism for a reason.  The Law of Moses, Deuteronomy 23:1, states that a castrated eunuch could not be a part of the people of God.  If this man was castrated then he was a God fearer.  If he wasn't castrated but simply a government official, he could have been a convert to Judaism.  

 

He obviously was very religious.  He went up to Jerusalem to worship, which was quite a distance from Ethiopia.  He had to have been a dedicated Jewish convert.  On his way back he was reading from was the book of Isaiah.  The book he was reading from the book of Isaiah from the Septuagint, which was twenty nine feet long.  

 

Note the name "Candace".  Candace was not a personal name.  It was a title for a queen.   

 

In verse 29 the Holy Spirit told Philip to go up to this manís chariot as he was passing by.  Just how the Holy Spirit told Philip this we donít know.  It could well have been an inner voice. 

 

In verses 29 and 30 Philip heard the man reading from the book of Isaiah and asked him if he understood what he was reading.  In verse 31 the man answered by saying, "How can I, unless someone explain it to me".  At this point Philip was invited up into the chariot.

 

The portion of Scripture that the man was reading was found in Isaiah 53, beginning with the words, "he was led like a sheep to the slaughterÖ"  You and I realize that this portion of Scripture was speaking about Jesus, but this man didn't have any clue about that.  This was one tremendous lead in for Philip to preach the gospel to this man.  When the Lord opens a door to preach, the door is always wide open, as it was in this case.  

 

Isaiah predicted that Jesus would be like a silent sheep led to the slaughter.  You may recall that Jesus for the most part was silent throughout his arrest and mock trial.  He did not defend Himself.  He knew His ministry would lead to His sacrificial death.

 

Verse 33 quotes Isaiah saying that "in His humiliation He was deprived of justice".  These are interesting words.  The death of Jesus was in fact an act of God's justice.  Man must be punished for his sin.  Jesus stepped in and took man's place of punishment on man's behalf.  Therefore the justice due man was done to Jesus.  It's ironic to think that in the process of demonstrating God's justice, man gave Jesus no justice.

 

Verse 33 says that "who can speak of His descendents for His life was taken from Him".  It's my thinking at present, and I could easily be wrong on this point, the logical thing to conclude after one dies without having children is that he will never have descendents.  That being said, in the case of Jesus, His death did produce relatives instead of descendents.  I say this because the New Testament states that true believers arre Jesus' brothers and sisters.    

 

In verse 34 the Ethiopian man makes it really easy for Philip.  He asks, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?"  Philip then responds by telling this man about Jesus. 

 

How the conversation actually went we donít know.   But Philip must have preached very clearly the gospel of repentance and faith in Jesus, because as they passed by some water the man asked Philip in verse 36, "Look, here is water. Why shouldnít I be baptized"?   It is clear that Philip must have told this man about water baptism.

In Philipís mind being water baptized was just a natural thing to do once one had repented and trusted Jesus for his or her salvation.  So the two men stepped down from the chariot and Philip baptized him right away.  Many in the church today get baptized months or years after their conversion.  We often put the baptismal candidate through hours of classes on just what baptism means.  But this does not appear to be the case in the infant church.  There was no long and drawn explanation of the merits of baptism.  There were a few words of explanation, then the baptizing.

 

Baptism back then was not simply a Christian practice.  Many sects baptized their people as they became part of the sect.  It might be possible that little instruction was given concerning baptism because it was somewhat commonplace.

 

Back in verse 26 we note that all this took place "in a desert", on a road to Gaza .  Some scholars suggest that the water where this man was baptized was a very shallow stream because it was in a desert.  Therefore he could not have been fully immersed as we might think.  This does sound logical, but I can't say this is factual.  Certainly this was a desert area as it still is today in many respects.   It might well be possible that there was an unusual rainfall prior to this that would have made a stream deep enough for emersion.  We just can't say for sure.  We can only think in terms of generalities when it comes to how deep a stream of water might be on that exact day.  

 

Note that in verse 38 the text states that the two men went "down into the water".  Then note that in verse 39 the text states that they "came out of the water".  To me, this suggests that there most probably was enough water to get into and be immersed in.  I don't feel you can use this verse to support sprinkling as a form of water baptism.  You would be arguing from silence.   

 

As soon as Philip was finished baptizing this man, ďthe Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip awayĒ.  We often call this being "transported in the Spirit', although there is no such phrase mentioned here.  One moment Philip was standing in the water with this man, and then the next moment he was gone, never to be seen again by this man.  Once again this tells us that Philip was living and being powerfully influenced by the Holy Spirit.  This is a good example of how important the Holy Spirit is in the process of preaching and witnessing to the gospel.  We often are too humanistic in our approach to sharing Jesus, mainly because we are not in tune with the Holy Spirit.

 

We donít know for sure what all transpired at this baptism, but it is my thinking that the Holy Spirit was definitely present and that this man experienced Him, maybe in an Acts 2 type experience.  I say this because the Holy Spirit had to have been with Philip, since He took Philip away in a miraculous way.  We also note that this man went away rejoicing.  Putting these 2 thoughts together tells me that this was a dramatic experience with the Holy Spirit.

 

This event is worthy to note since this man brought the gospel into Africa , thus helping to fulfill the prophecy of Jesus in Acts 1:8 where Jesus predicted that His followers would spread the gospel into the entire world. 

 

It is also interesting to note that this man had no person to shepherd him in the faith.  Philip was gone.  He only had the Holy Spirit.  I believe that in our day, with the stress of discipleship, and there is truth in discipleship, that we donít depend enough on Godís Spirit to help the new Christian.  We want to provide everything for this new Christian, yet without this person knowing and understanding the role of the Spirit, he or she will not grow into maturity.  The early church understood the role of the Spirit in the new believer.  

 

We should note a discrepancy between the KJV and the NIV.  The KJV has an extra verse.  You will note that in the NIV the numbering of verses skip verse 37.  It goes from verse 36 to 38.  The reason for this is because in most Greek manuscripts verse 37 cannot be found.

 

Philip re-appeared in the coastal city of Azotus where he preached the gospel as he went north to Caecarea.  Luke does not spend any more time in his narrative talking about Philip, although I am sure that Philipís life and ministry would have been worth while for us to read.  Philip, like so many others, most likely had a very rewarding and important life as he proclaimed the good news of Jesus Christ.  It would be nice to have known more of the story of Philip.   

 

We lose sight of Philip in the Bible for about twenty years.  The next time we see him is in Acts 21:8.  Paul spent some time with him on this occasion.  Little is said about Philip in Acts 21.

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