She read about the Ethiopian Eunuch as recorded in the Bible:
“Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. The place in the Scripture which he read was this: “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He opened not His mouth. In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.” So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” Then 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.” So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea.” (Acts 8:26–40 NKJV)
As we studied further, she learned that her infant baptism was not according to God’s Word. Therefore, she realized that she had not received the forgiveness of her sins.
I asked her “what do you want to do about your sins?”, and she said, “I want to be forgiven, and I want to go to Heaven.” I asked her, “What do you need to do?” and she responded, “I need to do what the Eunuch did.” I asked her, “When do you want to do this?” and she said, “Right Now!”
People need to realize the seriousness of sin. Sin is the violation of God’s Law (1 John. 3:4). Sin separates man from God now and forever if it is not taken cared (Isa. 59:1-2). Sin is punishable by eternal death in Hell (Rom. 6:23). When this sweet lady learned the Truth, she realized that she needs to do something about her sins today. She needs to wash her sins away.
So we filled the baptistry with enough water for immersion (Rom. 6:3-4, Burial in Water), and I asked her “Do you believe that Jesus is the son of God?” and she replied, “Yes I believe Jesus is the son of God,” and I baptized her. After the baptism, I asked her a question, “How do you feel,” and she replied, “I FEEL FREE.” She knows that she is free from her sins and now will live for Jesus.
Jesus said that “you shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John. 8:32). The Truth is the Word of God: “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17) The Bible says that it is the blood of Jesus that washes away our sins:
- “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matt. 26:28 NKJV)
- “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7 NKJV)
- “and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,” (Rev. 1:5 NKJV)
- “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38 NKJV)
- “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’” (Acts 22:16 NKJV)
The Bible teaches that when one repents and is baptized in water, the blood of Jesus washes away their sins. This simple truth has been ignored by many. If you do what the Ethiopian Eunuch did, you become what he became, a Christian. This sweet lady became a Christian today because she obeyed the word of God.
- She believed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
- She understood that God adds people to the church of his Son (Acts 2:47, Matt. 16:18).
- She repented of her sins (Acts 17:30)
- She confessed Jesus before witnesses (Matt. 10:32-33).
- She was baptized for the forgiveness of her sins (Mark. 16:16, Acts 2:38, 1 Pet. 3:21).
- She received true freedom in Christ Jesus.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Rom. 8:1–2)
Are you in Christ?