BEGINNING WITH SCRIPTURE
“Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus” (Acts 8:35). What a marvelous example of finding where God is at work in persons, and using that point to advance His work further. Though Philip was not an apostle, it is clear from this encounter that he knew the Old Testament. With the Spirit in him, Philip was able to bridge the Scripture the eunuch was reading in Isaiah 53:7-8 with the person of Jesus.
How well did Philip make this connection? We are not given Philip’s words to the eunuch, but we are given the fruit of that conversation. “As they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?”” (8:36). The power of God’s Word was confirmed in Philip’s presentation of the gospel in Isaiah. This power is evident in the eunuch’s immediate obedience.
This is a good test of how Scripture is lived and presented through us. Think about how Paul described his ministry to the church at Colossae; “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me” (Colossians 1:28–29). Are you proclaiming Christ in your own strength by human methods? Or is it the energy of God the Spirit? Does it produce obedience in those you present it to?
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