Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 8:26-40
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 8:26-40. These verses describe Philip converting the man from Ethiopia who was riding in his chariot.

Philip preaches to a man from Ethiopia.

Acts 8:26-40

¶“26But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip. The angel said, 'Arise, and go southward along the road that goes from Jerusalem down to Gaza.' This area is deserted. 27But Philip arose and went. And behold, there was a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. He was responsible for all her treasure. He'd been to Jerusalem to worship. 28Now he was returning; seated in his chariot; reading the prophet Isaiah.” (Acts 8:26-28).

¶“29The Spirit told Philip, 'Go closer, and meet this chariot.' 30Philip ran to the man, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet. Philip said, 'Do you understand what you are reading?' 31The man replied, 'How can I, unless someone explains it to me?' He implored Philip to come up and sit with him.” (Acts 8:29-31).

¶“32Now this is the passage of Scripture the man was reading: 'He was led as a sheep to the slaughter. As a lamb before his shearer is silent, so he opened not his mouth. 33In his humiliation his judgment was taken away. Who will declare His generation? His life is taken from the earth.' ” (Acts 8:32-33).

¶“34The eunuch further replied to Philip by asking, 'Who is the prophet talking about —himself or someone else?' 35Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture, preached to him about Jesus. 36As they went along the way, they came to some water. The eunuch said, 'Look! Here is water. What prevents me from being baptized?' [ 37Philip replied, 'If you believe with your whole heart you may be baptized.' The man said, 'I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.' Having said that,] 38he commanded the chariot to halt. Both he and Philip went down together into the water, and there Philip immersed the eunuch.” (Acts 8:34-38).

¶“39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more. The eunuch went on his way rejoicing. 40As for Philip, he found himself at Azotus. From there he passed through all the cities preaching the gospel as far as Caesarea.” (Acts 8:39-40).

1 The Holy Spirit Sends Philip Down a Lonely Road

Verses 26-28

¶ "But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip. The angel said, “Arise, and go southward along the road that goes from Jerusalem down to Gaza.” This area is deserted. But Philip arose and went. And behold, there was a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. He was responsible for all her treasure. He'd been to Jerusalem to worship. Now he was returning; seated in his chariot; reading the prophet Isaiah." (Acts 8:26-28).

2 Philip Preaches to an Audience of One

Verses 29-31

¶ "The Spirit told Philip, “Go closer, and meet this chariot.” Philip ran to the man, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet. Philip said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The man replied, “How can I, unless someone explains it to me?” He implored Philip to come up and sit with him." (Acts 8:29-31).

Verses 32-33

¶ "Now this is the passage of Scripture the man was reading: “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter. As a lamb before his shearer is silent, so he opened not his mouth. In his humiliation his judgment was taken away. Who will declare His generation? His life is taken from the earth.” " (Acts 8:32-33, Isaiah 53:7-8).

Verses 34-35

¶ "The eunuch further replied to Philip by asking, “Who is the prophet talking about —himself or someone else?” Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture, preached to him about Jesus." (Acts 8:34-35).

3 Philip’s Teaching Results in Baptism

Verse 36

¶ "As they went along the way, they came to some water. The eunuch said, “Look! Here is water. What prevents me from being baptized?” " (Acts 8:36).

Verses 37-38

¶ "[ Philip replied, “If you believe with your whole heart you may be baptized.” The man said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Having said that,] he commanded the chariot to halt. Both he and Philip went down together into the water, and there Philip immersed the eunuch." (Acts 8:37-38).

Verses 39-40

¶ "When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more. The eunuch went on his way rejoicing. As for Philip, he was found at Azotus. From there he passed through all the cities preaching the gospel as far as Caesarea." (Acts 8:39-40).

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