What Philip preached to the Eunuch is what must be preached today in order for anyone to be saved. Let us examine what Phillip preached, and what he didn’t preach. (Acts 8:26-39)
Philip Preached Christ. In preaching Christ, Philip preached “that HE is the Son of God” (Acts 9:20). This is the fundamental foundation of the gospel. Philip preached “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3, 4). It is what Paul preached when he preached “Jesus Christ, and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2),and it is what Philip preached. This must be presented today!
Philip Preached The Kingdom of God. To preach “things concerning the kingdom of God” is to preach the kingdom of God (Acts 20:25). Philip told of the kingdom of promise and prophecy of the kingdom “which shall never be destroyed” (Dan. 2:44). He told of the rule and reign of the Christ. He spoke of the government, the mountain of the house of the Lord, of the throne of David (Isa. 2:2-4 f; Lk. 1:31-33). Philip taught that one must be born again, that he must be born of water and of the Spirit, before he can become a citizen of that kingdom (Jn. 3:3, 5). He said that one must be converted, become as a little child, and do the will of the Father, or else he cannot enter the kingdom (Matt. 7:21-23; 18:3). He said that God “has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear son.” (Col. 1:13). The kingdom of God is the ‘church of Christ’ which he purchased with his own blood upon the cross of Calvary (Matt. 16:18,19 f; Acts 20:28). So, Philip preached concerning the church. He told of its one head, one Lord, one faith, one baptism. (Col 1:18 f; Eph 4:4,5)
Philip Preached The Name Of Jesus Christ. To preach the name of Jesus Christ is to preach the authority of Jesus Christ. The Jews asked the apostles, “By what power, or by what name, have you done this?” Peter said, “that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him . . . .” Observe that it was by the power or name or authority of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:7, 10, 12). The name of Jesus is the power or authority of Jesus. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Philip, therefore, spoke of salvation in the name of Jesus Christ. He said that Christ now has “all authority” and that those who are taught concerning Christ are to be baptized “into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:18-20).
God exalted Christ and gave Him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow (Phil. 2:9-11). Jesus was given the name, “Jesus,” at His birth, but the name He received here was after His resurrection. This name is His power or authority. At the power or authority of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. It is by the same authority the gospel is preached today!
Philip Preached Baptism. Yes, Philip preached the necessity of faith and confession, repentance and baptism. His word produced faith and the fruits or results of his preaching shows the presence of godly sorrow unto repentance (Acts 8:9-12). To the Ethiopian eunuch, Philip preached Christ Jesus. That he preached baptism is indicated in the next verse (Acts 8:36). After hearing Jesus preached, the eunuch expressed his desire to be baptized. Why would he do that; indeed, how could he do that, if baptism had not been included in Philip’s preaching of Jesus?
What did Philip say about baptism? “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be condemned” (Mk. 16:16) “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). “Arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16). Baptism saved the Eunuch then and baptism saves us today! (1 Pet 3:21)
What didn’t Philip preach to the Eunuch? Philip never once preached to the Eunuch the “Thief on the cross”. He never once told the Eunuch to just believe in Jesus, and you shall be saved. He never once commanded the Eunuch to say a “Sinner’s prayer”. He never once told him to accept Jesus in his heart. He never once offered to “Sprinkle” the Eunuch when he asked Philip, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”
Conclusion: What Philip preached must be preached today! The gospel is what adds us to the body, the church of Christ and saves us from eternal damnation. Every sinner must obey the same gospel which Philip taught in order to be saved, and every Christian must preach the same gospel to save a soul from death and to hide a multitude of sins. (Jam 5:19,20)