Acts 8

1 Now Saul was consenting to the assassination of him. Now there became a great persecution in that day upon the congregation* which was in Jerusalem, and they were all dispersed throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except* the apostles. 2 Now devout men entombed Stephen and made* a great lamentation over him.
3 Now Saul was devastating the congregation* of believers, traveling into every house and dragging men and women away, he was giving them up to prison. {37 AD. Samaria. Tiberius Caesar dies March 16. Caligula attempts to put his statue in the Temple.}

{Examples of those who are saved in the New Testament: Acts 2:14-42; 8:5-13; 8:30-39; 10:34-48; 16:13-15; 16:25-34; 18:8a; 18:8b; 19:1-7; Saul/Apostle Paul: 9:17-18, 22:6-16, 26:12-18.} 4 Therefore indeed, those who were dispersed went through out the land, proclaiming the good-news of the word.
5 Now Philip went down to a city of Samaria and was preaching to them the Christ. 6 And the crowds united and were taking-heed to the things which were spoken by Philip, while they were hearing and seeing the signs which he was doing. 7 For* many of those who had unclean spirits, the spirits were coming out, crying with a loud voice. And many were healed who had been paralyzed and lame. 8 And there became much joy in that city. 9 But there was a certain man, Simon by name, who was formerly in the city practicing-magic and astonishing the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was someone great. 10 To whom they were taking-heed, from the little to the great, saying, This one is the power of God, the Great. 11 Now they were taking-heed to him because he had astonished them with his magic for a considerable time. 12 But when they believed Philip proclaiming the good-news concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being immersed*, both men and women. 13 Now Simon himself also believed and was immersed*, and was persevering with Philip. And viewing signs and great miracles which were happening, he was being astonished.
14 Now after the apostles who were in Jerusalem heard that Samaria has accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them; 15 who came-down and prayed concerning them so *that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For* he had not yet fallen upon any of them, but they were* only immersed* into the name of the Christ Jesus. 17 Then they were laying their hands upon them and they were receiving the Holy Spirit. 18 But when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit is given, he offered them monies, 19 saying, Give* to me also this authority, in order that I may lay my hands on whomever, and he may receive the Holy Spirit.
20 But Peter said to him, May your silver together with you be sent into destruction, because you supposed to procure the gift of God through monies! 21 You have neither part nor inheritance in this word, for* this heart of yours is not straight in God's sight. 22 Therefore repent from this, your malice, and beseech God; if, then, the deliberation of your heart will be forgiven to you. 23 For* I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of unrighteousness. 24 But Simon answered and said, You*, beseech* on my behalf to the Lord, *that none of the things which you* have spoken may come upon me.
25 Therefore indeed, having thoroughly testified and having spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem and proclaimed the good-news to many villages of the Samaritans. {Summer 37 AD. Road from Jerusalem to Gaza.} 26 But a messenger of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, Stand up and travel toward the midday sun to the road which is going-down from Jerusalem to Gaza. This is a desolate road. 27 And he stood up and traveled away.
And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch, (a sovereign under Candace, the queen of Ethiopia, who was in charge over all her treasure), who had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and who was returning and sitting in his chariot and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Now the Spirit said to Philip, Go near and join yourself to this chariot.

{Examples of those who are saved in the New Testament: Acts 2:14-42; 8:5-13; 8:30-39; 10:34-48; 16:13-15; 16:25-34; 18:8a; 18:8b; 19:1-7; Saul/Apostle Paul: 9:17-18, 22:6-16, 26:12-18.} 30 Now Philip having ran up to him, heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, Do you know then what you are reading?
31 But he said, For* how am I able, if someone does not guide me? And he pleaded with Philip, after Philip had come-up to sit together with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this: 'He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and like a lamb in front of the one who is shearing him is voiceless, thus he does not open his mouth. 33 His judgment was taken away in his humbleness. But who will be describing his generation? Because his life is taken from the earth. ' {Isa 53:7, 8} 34 But having answered, the eunuch said to Philip, I am beseeching you, concerning whom is the prophet speaking about in this? Is he speaking concerning himself or concerning some other person? 35 Now Philip opened his mouth and beginning from this Scripture, proclaimed the good-news of Jesus to him. 36 Now as they were traveling down the road, they came to some water, and the eunuch says, Behold, here is water; what is preventing me from being immersed*? {T} 37 Now Philip said, If you believe from all your heart, it is permitted.
But he answered and said I believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God. 38 Now he commanded the chariot to stand still and they both went-down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he immersed* him. 39 Now when they came-up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, for* he was traveling on his way rejoicing.
40 But Philip was found in Azotus and going through, he was proclaiming the good-news to all the cities, until he came to Caesarea.
{Summer AD 37. Damascus. Saul is around 35 years old. Herod Antipas deposed. Herod Agrippa 1st king, 5th ruler of Galilee & Perea.}

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