Act 8:1 ¶ And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that
time there was A GREAT PERSECUTION against the church which
was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad
throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the Apostles.
COMMENT: Once the Sanhedrin of seventy rulers
over the people devoured Stephen, the war between them and
the Saints of God in Jerusalem for the people came out into the
open where they no longer felt constrained to do violence to
the participants of the Holy Revolution taking place there.
Act 8:2 And devout men carried Stephen [to his burial],
and made great lamentation over him.
Act 8:3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church,
entering into every house, and haling men and women committed
[them] to prison.
COMMENT: Saul who later became the Apostle
Paul went about the business of arresting believers in Christ.
He fully intended to destroy the movement which he must have thought
was a cult who got their power from Satan even as Pharoah's magicians
worked comparative miracles by his power in Mose's time.
Act 8:4 ¶ Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every
where preaching the word.
COMMENT: As you may know, the Lord taught his
disciples when persecuted in one city to move on to another; and
that is exactly what the Church at Jerusalem did until there were
few of them remaining there.
Act 8:5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and
preached Christ unto them.
COMMENT: Philip was a powerhouse preacher in
the anointing of Christ, so when the Scripture says he preached
Christ unto them; the deeper meaning is that he not only preached
Christ to them in Word but it was Christ preaching in him!
Act 8:6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those
things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles
which he did.
COMMENT: Philip was a miracle working preacher,
not a bad actor like Benny Hinn. So "the people with one accord"
followed those things Philip spoke. And although we do not know
what miracles Philip worked, we do know the people both heard
and saw them which means they were multi-dimensional miracles
like we might expect to experience were we there when Moses parted
the Red Sea where
the Israelites most likely heard a great roaring while the waters
visibly rolled back to make a way for them to cross over to the
Act 8:7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came
out of many that were possessed [with them]: and many taken
with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
COMMENT: But Philip's miracles involved
the casting out of unclean spirits who cried out with a loud
voice when they came out of many that were possessed. So
when a wolf in sheep's clothes in your church presumes to cast
out demons, you might wonder why you cannot hear them crying
out in a loud voice, and if you are of a discerning spirit;
you will come to the right conclustion that they are not casting
out demons. For the casting out of demons was both audible and
visible to the people in that they saw the people return to a
Act 8:8 And there was great joy in that city.
COMMENT: The Physician had come who cured
and healed them and set them on the right spiritual path without
charging them for his services.
Act 8:9 ¶ But there was a certain man, called Simon, which
beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the
people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
COMMENT: Simon was their enemy before Philip
the Evangelist came in the power of God, and he wished to retain
his former prestige with them by this new power they were all
Act 8:10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the
greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
COMMENT: The people had thought Simon was
"the great power of God," but now it was becoming apparent one
greater than him had come.
Act 8:11 And to him they had regard, because that of long
time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
COMMENT: The people had literally been
brought under Simon's spell.
Act 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things
concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ,
they were baptized, both men and women.
COMMENT: Philip came to destroy the works
of the Devil, and to cast down the stronghold of Simon; and this
he did in breaking the spell cast over their minds, and when
they received his preaching, he baptised them in the name of
Act 8:13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was
baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding
the miracles and signs which were done.
COMMENT: Simon believed also, but was not
yet schooled in the Word of God to guard him from sinning against
God. So he continued with Philip, and wondered, while watching
the miracles and signs which were done.
Act 8:14 ¶ Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard
that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto
them Peter and John:
COMMENT: Two of the greater Apostles were
sent to Samaria as reinforcements lest Philip lose the momentum
of the work; and to graduate the saved there to the next spiritual
rung on the ladder of sanctification after receiving Christ as
Act 8:15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them,
that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
COMMENT: Now this is the receiving of the Holy
Ghost which the churches in America are proudly confusing with
the baptism of the Holy Ghost given to the 120 of the Lord's
followers after the Ascension. Those were all babes
spiritually in Samaria. Their lives were not set apart unto God
neither were they schooled in the things of the Spirit as the
120 who broke out in tongues on Pentecost. Neither class of
believers were Spirit filled all of the time, but only Saints
like those 120 including the Apostles know how to die daily to
become filled with the Spirit.
Act 8:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them:
only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
COMMENT: The Apostles Peter and John brought
the work of God in the lives of the Samaritans to the next level
of the faith that is to be built up in Christ.
Act 8:17 Then laid they [their] hands on them, and they
received the Holy Ghost.
COMMENT: Those who have received Christ as
their Saviour ought to be moved on to the next rung in the ladder
of spiritual sanctification as soon as possible, for in the
receiving of the Holy Ghost there is a better appetite for the
Word of God and the things of the Spirit. If there is faith,
it is not necessary to be inside a church building to lay hands
on someone who has received Christ as Saviour, so they might
receive the Holy Ghost. You will find no evidence of the Apostles
Peter and John working inside religious buildings. They laid
their hands on them for the receiving of the Holy Ghost whereever
they found them ready.
Act 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of
the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given,
he offered them money,
COMMENT: As a Sorcerer Simon was not a
practicioner of morality and virtue nor did he know of the
spiritual kingdom within that the Apostles and Philip walked
in which was Christ in them the hope of glory.
Act 8:19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever
I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
Act 8:20 But Peter said unto him, Your money perish with
you, because you have thought that the gift of God may be
purchased with money.
COMMENT: This is a strong rebuke, for
Peter is calling death upon Simon in the realization that although
he supposedly received Christ as Saviour; he could overthrow the
work God was miraculously doing there in Samaria were he to return
to his former ways.
Act 8:21 You have neither part nor lot in this matter:
for your heart is not right in the sight of God.
COMMENT: In this part of the rebuke, Saint
Peter makes it clear Simon is excluded from any participation in
the ongoing work of God.
Act 8:22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray
God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven you.
Act 8:23 For I perceive that you in the gall of
bitterness, and [in] the bond of iniquity.
COMMENT: Saint Peter had the spiritual
x-ray vision of the Spirit being full of the Word which is
"A DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTS OF THE HEART."
Act 8:24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray you to the
Lord for me, that none of these things which you have spoken
come upon me.
COMMENT: Simon was truly saved, and did not
perceive his wickedness until it was brought into the Light by
Saint Peter who was ready for him, knowing how it was eating
at Philip that he had lost the preimminence with the people; and
with the gift of laying on of hands he might become equal to
the Apostles and regain them as his audience and benefactors.
Act 8:25 And they, when they had testified and preached
the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached
the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
Act 8:26 ¶ And the angel of the Lord spoke unto Philip,
saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that
goes down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
COMMENT: The head of the spiritual Church,
Christ the Lord, spoke unto Philip to go toward Gaza which
is where the Palistinians live today who hate the Israelites
with a bloody hatred.
Act 8:27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia,
an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the
Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had
come to Jerusalem for to worship,
COMMENT: The Ethiopians are of black skin,
all and thin and handsome to the eyes of most white Americans
because they look like white men with black skin, and are generally
a dignified people.
Act 8:28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read
Isaiah the prophet.
Act 8:29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near,
and join thyself to this chariot.
COMMENT: The Lord spoke to Philip the
second time, this time to confirm to him that the Ethiopian eunuch
in the chariot was the man.
Act 8:30 And Philip ran over to [him], and heard him
read the prophet Isaiah, and said, Do you understand what you
COMMENT: Esaias is Isaiah the Prophet
in the text. The King James 1611 needs revisions to make it
understandable to you, so some of the obsolute language has
been corrected on this website for your benefit.
Act 8:31 And he said, How can I, except some man should
guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and
sit with him.
COMMENT: The Ethiopian Eunuch perceived
what kind of man Philip must be, and he invited him to come up
and sit with him in the royal chariot.
Act 8:32 The place of the Scripture which he read was this,
"He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb
before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
COMMENT: The Eunuch was reading from
Isaiah 53:7 where the Prophet is foretelling the death of
Christ for the sins of mankind.
Act 8:33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away:
and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken
from the earth.
Act 8:34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray
you, of whom speaks the prophet this? of himself, or
of some other man?
Act 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the
same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
Act 8:36 And as they went on [their] way, they came
unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, [here is]
water; what does hinder me to be baptized?
COMMENT: And while this conversation was taking
place, the chariot of the Eunuch was apparently driven by his
driver; and they came across water sufficient to be baptized in.
Act 8:37 And Philip said, If you believe
with all your heart, thou may. And he answered and said,
I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
COMMENT: There is the central belief to
salvation. That Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Anyone believing
otherwise is of an antichrist spirit.
Act 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still:
and they went down both into the water, both Philip and
the eunuch; and he baptized him.
COMMENT: Up to now it was not mentioned that
there was a driver, but now on command the driver brought the
chariot to a stand still. The water was deep enough for
immersion and they both went down into the water where Philip
baptized the Eunuch.
Act 8:39 And when they were come up out of the water,
the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch
saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
COMMENT: You may have heard of
Enoch the Prophet who was caught away from the earth, and
of Elijah who rode into heaven in the chariot of the Lord,
now Philip is caught away by the Spirit of the Lord; and
the Eunuch has experienced a miracle he will never forget.
Act 8:40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing
through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.
COMMENT: Where Azotus was, is of little
concern; for the Spirit of the Lord can carry a man bodily
as far as he chooses to carry him. But whereever Philip landed
on his feet he preached in every city, for he knew his calling;
and how to enter into the power of God through preaching the
Word. Philip came to Caesarea, a city built by Herod the Great
in honor of Caesar Augustus in A.D. 10 about twenty three or twenty
four years earlier.