The Spirit said to Philip, ” Go and catch up with the carriage. ” Acts 8:29
An angel of the Lord said to Philip, ” Go southwards towards the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert road. ” Note how the Holy Spirit led Philip towards a man who was neither a Jew nor a Samaritan, the first man of another race to receive the Gospel. Philip ran up and he heard the man reading the prophet Isaiah. The conversation with Philip began on the basis of a text from Isaiah, ” He was harshly treated, but unresisting and silent, he humbly submitted. Like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shearer he did not open his mouth. ” (Isaiah 53:7). This poem, called the Servant of the Lord, speaks of a just man unjustly condemned who through his sufferings, atones for the sins of all mankind.
Then Philip began to tell him the Good News of Jesus using this text of scripture as his starting point. It is marvelous to see how Philip can give a testimony of the Resurrection of Jesus with such conviction that the Ethiopian believes in him.
As they traveled down the road they came to a place where there was water and Philip baptized him. The Ethiopian who was baptized was simply a man who ” Feared the Lord. ” When they came out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away. The Ethiopian saw him no more, but continued on his way full of joy because he had made the most important choice for eternal life at this decisive moment.
The Spirit of God leads the people of God to submit to the word of God.