The apostle Philip exercised his ministry to all
The apostle Philip was a much more famous forerunner of the apostle Paul, because he visited “strangers” who would not normally have been invited and drew them to Jesus Christ, say the ministers.
Ministers Kevin Fox, Hector Aguilar and Andy Hill say that Philip was from Bethsaida, the same Galilean village as brothers Peter and Andrew, and like them and the other apostles, he had no special qualifications.
“What’s amazing about Philip is that he went to see people outside of Jerusalem like the Samaritans,” said Fox, minister at Westway Church of Christ in Midland. “He was a man ahead of his time because the Jews and the Samaritans were hated rivals.
“In Acts 8, Peter and John rejoice that the Samaritans come to the gospel. Then Philip receives this call to go away and talk to a wealthy man on his way back to Africa.
Referring to the story in Acts 8: 26-40 about the meeting of Philip and the baptism of a eunuch who was the treasurer of the Ethiopian queen Candace, Fox said, “He had this admirable trait of going wherever he was called and to talk to whoever stood in front of him.
“Philip laid the groundwork for what Paul was finally able to do, bring the gospel to the Gentile world by passing it on to people who were not quite Gentiles but who were certainly not accepted as Jews from the first family.
Fox noted that after baptizing the Ethiopian, Paul was transported by the Holy Spirit 34 miles north of Gaza to Azotus, where he began to preach sermons that led him through a series of cities. until Caesarea.
The ministers said that another important reference to Philip is found in John 1: 43-46, where Jesus calls Philip to follow him and Philip finds Nathanael, also known as Bartholomew, and says, “We have found the one of which Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote: Jesus of Nazareth, son of Joseph.
“Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Says John 1:46. “And Philippe said to him: ‘Come and see. “
Scholars say the eunuch traveled 1,500 miles to worship at the temple in Jerusalem.
Acts 8: 32-33 said he was reading Isaiah 53: 7-8 and asked Philip to explain it to him. He said, “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughterhouse, and like a lamb before his shearer was silent, so he did not open his mouth.” In his humiliation, justice was denied to him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken from the earth.
Reverend Aguilar, pastor of Jesus Connection Church, said Philip had preached in Syria, Greece and the Phrygia region in what is now Asian Turkey. “He was a good friend of Nathanael or Bartholomew and he is often confused with Philip the Evangelist (one of the seven deacons who looked after poor Christians in Jerusalem),” Aguilar said.
“The apostle Philip is mentioned seven times in the Gospels and once in Acts. I think he was pretty calm, not shy but just calm. He had a heart for evangelism and for leading others to Christ. He tended to look and study before he acted, the opposite of what Peter was. He was martyred for his faith like all the other apostles except John. He was not afraid of martyrdom. He considered it an honor.
Aguilar said Bethsaida was a small town near the north shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Asked what Jesus was looking for in his disciples, the pastor replied, “Sincerity and willingness to do what he called them to do.
“None of them had the capacity or the tools for it. Jesus wasn’t looking for Torah teachers or anything like that. He was looking for guys who would totally depend on him and the Holy Ghost.
Reverend Hill said that Philip is proof that God “does not always call the prepared, but he always prepares the called.
“All of the apostles had a quality or skill in the earthly sense that was redeemed for a heavenly purpose and God does the same with us with a calling that he places in our lives,” said Hill, pastor of West Texas. Cowboy Church. “There is much more to the story of Philip and the Ethiopian, who was wealthy, than meets the eye. A eunuch would never have been allowed to be a full member of Judaism because Jewish law specified that he had to be a full person to convert.
“It was absolutely a divine appointment because when Philip explained the prophecy, the Ethiopian said, ‘Here is water. Why shouldn’t I get baptized? ‘
“You can almost hear the pain in his voice because he was expecting Philip to say, ‘No, not for you. You are not a full person. Instead, Philip simply took him down and baptized him. Christ came for all. No one needs to be on the outside to see where Christ is concerned.