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After baptism, the eunuch 'went on his way, rejoicing'
Thinking of God
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Writing to the early Christians in the ancient city of Philippi, in what was then the Grecian province of Macedonia, the apostle Paul encouraged them to “Rejoice in the Lord always.” He went so far as to repeat himself: “…again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). 

There are many examples of people in the Bible record spending time rejoicing because of their blessings from God. The story of the conversion of the treasurer of the queen of Ethiopia in Acts 8 is one that is especially beneficial. 

This man, evidently converted to Judaism, was returning to his home following a trip to Jerusalem, was reading the Jewish scriptures as he traveled. Approached by Philip, a preacher, at the command of the Spirit of God, he was asked if he understood what he read. Honestly admitting he needed help to understand, he was then taught the “good news about Jesus.

As they traveled, they came to a body of water, and the official requested to be baptized, upon which Philip immersed. The story ends as we are told, “And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing” (Acts 8:39).

At this point, it’s helpful if we can consider why this man was so filled with joy. Here are four reasons why he rejoiced on that day.

First, he rejoiced because of what he learned. Philip had “told him the good news about Jesus (Acts 8:35). To faithfully preach Jesus is to tell about his nature and work as the savior of the world. Joseph, the intended husband of Mary, was told by an angel that she would “bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Then, the treasurer learned through Philip his need for salvation from sin and that Jesus had come to meet his need. Here is the primary reason for the scriptures, the Bible.

Second, he rejoiced because of what he had done. He knew the value of understanding the truth. As Jesus had told some in his time, “…you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). He had gladly accepted Philip’s message about Jesus as the son of God, and had translated his faith into action. As already noted, he requested to be baptized, and was immersed by Philip.

Third, he rejoiced because of what he had become. He became a simple Christian, based on his faith in Jesus and obedience to his will. At the same time, he became a child of God (Gal 3:26-27), a member of the Lord’s church, the body of Christ (Acts 2:47).

Fourth, the man rejoiced because of the blessings that were now his. He now enjoyed the forgiveness of his sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16). 

Further, the gift of eternal life was now his.  As Jesus had prayed, “… this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3). 

In summary, he could look forward to enjoying “…every spiritual blessing through his position in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).

Christian, “rejoice in the Lord always!”


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