OF THE APOSTLES
OF THE APOSTLES
b. The Devastation of the Church in Jerusalem
1 And Saul aapproved of his killing. And there occurred in that day a great bpersecution against the 1cchurch which was in Jerusalem; and all were dscattered throughout the regions of eJudea and Samaria, except the apostles.
2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial and made great lamentation over him.
12. The Preaching by Philip
a. In Samaria
(1) Proclaiming Christ and the Kingdom of God
6 And the crowds gave heed with one accord to the things said by Philip as they heard and saw the asigns which he did.
7 For with many of those who had unclean spirits, the spirits came out crying with a loud voice; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.
8 And there was much ajoy in that city.
10 To him they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the power of aGod which is called Great.
11 And they gave heed to him because for a considerable time he had amazed them with his magic.
(2) Confirmed by the Apostles
14 Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John,
15 Who went down and prayed for them so that they might 1receive the Holy Spirit;
19 Give me also this authority that on whomever I lay my hands he may receive the Holy Spirit.
22 aRepent therefore from this wickedness of yours and beseech the Lord if perhaps the intent of your heart may be forgiven you;
23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of unrighteousness.
24 And Simon answered and said, You beseech the Lord on my behalf, so that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.
b. To an Ethiopian
28 And he was returning and was sitting in his chariot and reading the prophet Isaiah.
30 And when Philip ran up, he heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, Do you really know the things that you are reading?
31 And he said, How could I aunless someone guides me? And he entreated Philip to come up and sit with him.
33 In His ahumiliation His judgment was taken away. Who shall declare His generation? For His life is taken away from the earth.''
34 And the eunuch answered Philip and said, I beseech you, Concerning whom does the prophet say this? Concerning himself or concerning someone else?
37 1And Philip said, If you believe from all your heart, you will be saved. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
38 And he ordered the chariot to stand still, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he abaptized him.