Obedience in Baptism
“But when they believed Philip, as he preached the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.” – Acts 8:12
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We’re back in Acts 8 where the evangelism of Deacon Philip is in focus. There’s an interesting figure among the Samaritan people to enter the scene: Simon the Magician. Yes, people were performing magic even back then. Of Simon people would probably say: he’s got that magic! They thought he was from God (v. 10). The Bible says that they all paid attention to him (v. 10).
They “were attentive to him because he had astounded them with his sorceries for a long time” (Acts 8:11). He was a man who claimed to be somebody great. On the contrary, when Philip preached in Samaria, he proclaimed the greatness of Jesus Christ and not himself.
So, when the people “believed Philip, as he preached the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized” (v. 12). Again, the text says that Philip preached the good news of the kingdom of God (which is His church) and the name of Christ, like he did with the Ethiopian man.
It doesn’t say he preached baptism. But in order for the Samaritan’s response to be to get baptized, preaching the good news of the kingdom and Christ must include preaching the need for baptism.
Even Simon the magician believed the Word Philip preached and was baptized (v. 12). The text says that “he went around constantly with Philip and was astounded as he observed the signs and great miracles that were being performed.” So even the magician was amazed by the works being done by Philip in the name of Jesus.
You have heard the good news of the kingdom and the name of Jesus Christ.
Will you respond to it like the Samaritans and Simon the magician and be baptized? I encourage you: obey the gospel while there’s time!
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