“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
(Please read Acts 8:30-40)
Our text tells of a life-changing encounter between Philip the evangelist and an Ethiopian official. Finding the official eager to understand a portion of scripture that we know as Isaiah 53:7-8, the evangelist began with that scripture and “preached Jesus to him” (NIV). We don’t have the details as to what Philip said, but we can make some educated assumptions which may help in our next opportunity to preach Christ.
Philip must have shown how those words from Isaiah pointed to the coming Messiah. Then he must have unfolded for the official the breathtaking facts of the gospel:
God became man and lived among men, in the person of Jesus.
Jesus performed mind-boggling miracles and did great preaching but was murdered by cruel men.
Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven, sent the Holy Spirit and established his church, and is now reigning as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Surely Philip’s preaching mentioned the gospel’s promises, including forgiveness to those who believe in and obey the Lord, the gift of the Holy Spirit, countless blessings in this life, resurrection from death at the last day, eternal salvation and a home with him forever.
“Obey the gospel” is a scriptural term and Philip doubtless mentioned its commands regarding repentance, baptism and the obligations of upright living, faithfulness, identity with the church on earth and open, lifelong confession of Christ in word and deed.
We hope these points will be helpful whenever you have the opportunity to “preach Christ,” publicly or privately.