Acts 8:30-31, “30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.”
Explain the Word of God to them. Philip explained the Word of God to him. As a physical eunuch, he would have been denied access to the temple (Deut. 23:1). If this man was to be reached with the gospel it would have to be outside the temple, which is the plan which God set up, using His servant Philip for this man.
Isn’t it great that God does not dwell in buildings made with human hands. Philip didn’t run to the chariot and then decide to abandon his evangelistic mission. He was determined to be a faithful ambassador as Paul wrote, “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” How did Philip know how to explain the passage that the eunuch was reading? In Acts 6, seven men were to be chosen for ministry and the men needed to possess certain qualifications for ministry. The qualifications were the following: “…men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom,” to which Philip was chosen as one of the seven. Philip had a good reputation among the Church. He was also full of the Holy Spirit; he didn’t operate on his own but was rather guided and obedient to the Holy Spirit which was upon his life. And finally Philip had wisdom, knowing the Word of God and the God of the Word! It’s no wonder why he was able to explain the Word of God to this man. Ray Comfort often says there are only two times to share the Gospel, “in season and out of season,” to which Philip exemplified this reality.
Preach Jesus. Perhaps this sounds like a no brainer, but there is something that can easily be missed here. Philip preached Jesus, because the man he spoke to was humble and therefore ready for the Gospel of Christ. Although Philip finished with preaching Jesus, he did not start there. He started with the prophets, specifically the book of Isaiah chapter 53. Philip realized how to take this passage and point to the man to Christ with it. Would you have been able to do the same? It is wise to be able to start with the Law and the Prophets, they both point to Christ and we should learn how to take people from there to Jesus as Philip did. Some people are not ready to hear about Christ yet however, because they are not broken over their sin by the Law of God nor does the one you may be witnessing to see by the Old Testament prophets that the prophets all pointed to Christ and the coming of the Messiah. In this Isaiah passage it reads, “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,So He opened not His mouth.33In His humiliation Hisjustice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.”
Isaiah 53:7 points us to Jesus who was the sheep lead to the slaughter during His crucifixion (John 10). Following this the prophet wrote, “As a lamb before its shearers is silent” Recall when Jesus was being accused, and remember his response in Matthew 27 which reads, “12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing. 13 Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” 14 But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly. In his humility His justice was taken away. Luke 23:1-25 records the fulfillment of this. “And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth,” Luke 23:33–46 displays the fulfillment of this aspect of the prophecy in the life of Christ. Philip knew this and began to explain these things to the eunuch he share the Gospel with, because he knew the truth. Once again, would you be able to explain such a thing? Philip was not a pastor, but a deacon of the Church, yet he was equipped to stand for the Gospel and this crucial moment. I encourage you to also get equipped to share the Gospel with the lost. If you met a Jewish person this passage of Scripture is an excellent one to point out to them as it talks about Jesus Christ. Furthermore, many Jewish people they also accept the Law of Moses. Did you know that most of the witnessing done in the New Testament was when a follower of Christ shared the Gospel with a stranger as opposed to a follower of Christ only sharing their faith with someone they had a previous relationship with? Please visit our website and click on the pie graph for an explanation of this, which can be found at www.soulfishinministries.org.
Reaching people for Christ is the highest calling anyone can have, and if you are a Christian then He has commanded you to share your faith with lost sinners, so that they might come to know Him. We are called to know God and to make Him known. It is simply not enough to talk to God about the unsaved in prayer, but we must also talk to the unsaved about God. Now go and be faithful.
Until the nets are filled…Phil Sessa, Evangelist – Soulfishing Ministries <><