Today, in keeping with the series of testimonials, I want to give a short outline of another conversion story we see in Acts. Last week we talked about the conversion of Saul into Paul, this week we’re going to talk about The Ethiopian man. We don’t know much about him, but we know he was searching for answers in Isaiah when the Spirit led Philip to go and talk to him.
As we learned when we went through Sauls conversion, repentance and a change of heart happen when salvation comes. In these verses, we see the biblical doctrine that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. We also see what we, as believers, need to do to become fishers of men. When someone is seeking salvation we must preach Christ, and Christ crucified. Once Phillip had done this, interestingly enough using the Old Testament alone, the Ethiopian was saved.
There is so much confusion over salvation, and the burden on my heart is to show what conversion is and isn’t. There is no ‘sinners prayer’ in Sauls conversion or the Ethiopians. Nor did either of these men come to salvation because of a prayer. It was through expounding the Word, and finding a clear understanding there in. Through God’s great grace salvation has been offered, with faith alone we can now be saved, once we put that faith in Christ, and Christ alone, the one and only Messiah. To be saved we must have faith, once salvation comes and conversion takes place, there will be evidence of that change.
Another important thing we see here is that Phillip wanted to make sure, before baptism, that the Ethiopian had faith in the right person. Willy nilly baptizing folks to gain numbers on the books, and bottoms in the seats are not what we see here. If Christ is our example all else fades away, including ‘church building’.
As always friends, be good Bereans, study, pray, and use the full counsel of God’s Word.