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Baptize New Believers!
A miracle was about to happen on the dusty road leading south to Egypt and Ethiopia. An impressive chariot rolled along, carrying a high-level government official who was reading from the Book of Isaiah.
God told Philip to join the man in that chariot. Philip then had the opportunity to explain the passages in Isaiah that the man had been reading and to preach the Gospel to him. When they came to some water, the Ethiopian eunuch said, “See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?” (Acts 8:36).
Philip did not rush to baptize him; he first made certain of the eunuch’s inward faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Philip answered, “If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (Acts 8:37). With this open confession of faith, Philip then baptized the Ethiopian eunuch in obedience to Christ’s command:
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).