15th September 2022

Philip preached Jesus

So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.
Act 8:34-35. (NKJV)

The Old Testament scriptures prophesied the coming of Jesus before he was born. Through these scriptures Philip preached Jesus to the Ethiopian eunuch who had come to Jerusalem to worship. On his way home, he was reading from Isaiah 53:7-8 – this is recorded in Acts 8:32-33: ‘The place in the Scripture which he read was this: “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He opened not His mouth. In His humiliation His justice was taken away…’.  It was the Holy Spirit who sent Philip to explain what the eunuch was reading (V.29), and Philip preached Jesus to him from the scriptures which led to him being baptised.

The risen Jesus revealed all about Himself to the two disciples on their way to Emmaus as we read in Luke 24:26-27: ‘ “Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.’ After his conversion, the Apostle Paul reasoned with the Jews and preached about Jesus, stating that He  “…is the Christ.” (Acts 17:3).  

Abraham also knew the gospel of Jesus: ‘And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” ’ (Galatians 3:8).

Having read these, and other accounts of the gospel being preached, I asked myself, ‘Do I know Jesus?’ The answer is ‘Yes!’ I believe and know about Him from the scriptures: who He is and what He has done for all humanity. But do I know Him personally, as a person, as my elder brother, and my friend for eternity – do I have a personal relationship with Him? Not really. I mean not as fully and intimately as I should and want to know Him. But I always express my desire to know the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit more intimately and pray that my eyes are fixed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who is ‘the author and finisher of our faith’ (Hebrews 12:2).

We are greatly blessed to have the scriptures, that include the eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry, and his death, resurrection and ascension contained in the four gospels and all the epistles: our knowledge of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour is greatly increased. But God desires that we have more than knowledge: He wants a relationship with us: ‘Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of [God!…when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.’ (1 John 3:1-2). It takes time to build a relationship, let’s ensure we give our time to building this most important of all our relationships.

Prayer
Abba Father, I thank You for the Holy Bible revealing Your Son to us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Study by Natu Moti

 

About the writer:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local congregation:
Gracecom Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
Birmingham B23 7QB

Meeting time:
Saturday 1pm

Local congregational contact:
David Gibbs
Email: birmingham@gracecom.church

Word of Life contact:
wordoflife@gracecom.church