Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 4, 2019

“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 8:25-40.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+8&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.”  (This is a desert road.)  So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure;  and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.  …

“Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.  As they went along the road they came to some water;  and the eunuch *said, “Look!  Water!  What prevents me from being baptized?”  And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”  And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”  And he ordered the chariot to stop;  and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.”  Acts 8:26-28 and 35-38.

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Today’s Scripture teaches us the importance of preaching and teaching Jesus.  “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.”  Verse 35.

In contrast, there are many who use Scriptures, such as to have a better earthly life, but fail to come to Jesus.

“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life;  it is these that testify about Me;  and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.”  John 5:39-40.

“And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.  For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.  I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”  1 Corinthians 2:1-5.

“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.”  1 John 4:15.

“He who has the Son has the life;  he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.”  1 John 5:12.


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