Philip (the evangelist)

References to Philip in the Bible:1)http://christianity.about.com/od/newtestamentpeople/fl/Philip-the-Evangelist.htm (By Jack Zavada).[Sources: Smith’s Bible Dictionary, William Smith; The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, Merrill F. Unger; Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Trent C. Butler, general editor.]

Philip’s story is told in Acts chapters 6, 8, and 21.

Key Verses:7)http://christianity.about.com/od/newtestamentpeople/fl/Philip-the-Evangelist.htm (By Jack Zavada).[Sources: Smith’s Bible Dictionary, William Smith; The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, Merrill F. Unger; Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Trent C. Butler, general editor.]

But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. (Acts 8:12, NIV)

When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. (Acts 8:39, NIV)


Introduction:2)http://christianity.about.com/od/newtestamentpeople/fl/Philip-the-Evangelist.htm (By Jack Zavada).[Sources: Smith’s Bible Dictionary, William Smith; The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, Merrill F. Unger; Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Trent C. Butler, general editor.]

Philip the evangelist was an eager servant who grew into greater responsibility with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Philip first appears in the book of Acts, chapter six, when members of the early church argued over the fairness of food distribution to widows. The Hellenistic Jews complained that their widows were overlooked by the Hebraic Jews when the food was passed out.

The twelve apostles did not want to take time away from teaching and prayer to oversee this charity, so they asked the congregation to choose seven men “full of the Spirit and wisdom.” The group picked Stephen, Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.

Later, when the church was persecuted after the stoning of Stephen, Philip fled to a city in Samaria and told the people about Jesus Christ. Because of the exorcisms and healings Philip did, many believed and were baptized. Even a sorcerer named Simon came to Christ. Peter and John followed Philip to Samaria, baptizing the new believers, who received the Holy Spirit.

Shortly after, an angel appeared to Philip, telling him to go to the road from Jerusalem to Gaza. There Philip found an Ethiopian eunuch in a chariot, reading aloud from the book of Isaiah. When Philip explained what the prophecy meant, he told the eunuch about Jesus. They came to some water, and the eunuch insisted on being baptized.

Then something miraculous happened. As they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away. Philip reappeared at the city of Azotus (Ashdod), then traveled north, preaching the gospel until he reached Caesarea.

Nothing more is heard of Philip for 18 or 19 years, until the apostle Paul stopped in Caesarea on his way to Jerusalem. Paul and his companions stayed at the house of Philip, who by that time had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.

Accomplishments:3)http://christianity.about.com/od/newtestamentpeople/fl/Philip-the-Evangelist.htm (By Jack Zavada).[Sources: Smith’s Bible Dictionary, William Smith; The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, Merrill F. Unger; Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Trent C. Butler, general editor.]

Philip helped spread the gospel to Africa through his conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch. He also took the good news of Jesus to Samaria, a land scorned by the Jews. He followed in the footsteps of Jesus, who offered salvation to the Samaritan woman at the well.

Strengths:4)http://christianity.about.com/od/newtestamentpeople/fl/Philip-the-Evangelist.htm (By Jack Zavada).[Sources: Smith’s Bible Dictionary, William Smith; The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, Merrill F. Unger; Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Trent C. Butler, general editor.]

Philip was obedient to the apostles and the Holy Spirit. He did what he was commanded to and went where he was sent with no objection.

Life Lessons:5)http://christianity.about.com/od/newtestamentpeople/fl/Philip-the-Evangelist.htm (By Jack Zavada).[Sources: Smith’s Bible Dictionary, William Smith; The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, Merrill F. Unger; Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Trent C. Butler, general editor.]

• Philip willingly accepted a troublesome task, dealing with arguing factions to make sure everyone was treated fairly. When we understand our daily duties as being pleasing to God, we gain his strength to persevere.

• In his work at Caesarea, Philip toiled in obscurity for nearly 20 years. When Luke, the writer of Acts, encountered him again, he called him Philip the evangelist. If no one seems to recognize your faithful service, always remember that God does.

Saint Philip the Evangelist:6)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_the_Evangelist appears several times in the Acts of the Apostles. He was one of the Seven chosen to care for the poor of the Christian community in Jerusalem (Acts 6). He preached and performed miracles in Samaria, and met and baptised an Ethiopian man, a eunuch, in Gaza, traditionally marking the start of the Ethiopian Church (Acts 8). Later, he lived in Caesarea Maritima with his four daughters who prophesied, where he was visited by Paul the Apostle (Acts 21).

New Testament:8)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_the_Evangelist

He is first mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (6:5) as one of “the seven” who were chosen to attend to certain temporal affairs of the church in Jerusalem in consequence of the murmurings of the Hellenists against the Hebrews.

After the martyrdom of Saint Stephen he went to “the city of Samaria”, where he preached with much success, Simon Magus being one of his converts. He afterwards was told by an angel of the Lord to go to the road between Jerusalem and Gaza. There he instructed and baptized the Ethiopian eunuch; next he was “caught away” by the Spirit and “found at Azotus” (Ashdod), and then “pass[ed] through he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea” (Acts 8).

Here some years afterwards, according to Acts 21:8–9, where he is described as “the evangelist” (a term found again in the New Testament only in Ephesians 4:11; 2 Timothy 4:5), he entertained Paul the Apostle and his companion on their way to Jerusalem; at that time “he had four daughters which did prophesy”.9)One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). “Philip “the Evangelist””. Encyclopædia Britannica. 21 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 376.

Tradition:10)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_the_Evangelist

At a very early period he came to be confused with the Philip the Apostle; the confusion was all the more easy because, as an esteemed member of the apostolic company, he may readily have been described as an apostle in the wider sense of that word, beyond the original 12 Apostles.11)see further George Salmon, Introduction to the New Testament, 7th ed., p. 313 sqq. A late tradition describes him as settling at Tralles in Anatolia, where he became the bishop of that church.12)One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). “Philip “the Evangelist””. Encyclopædia Britannica. 21 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 376.

“St Philip the Deacon” is commemorated on October 11 in the Catholic Church,13)Martyrologium Romanum”, Typis Vaticanis, Editio Altera, 2004, entry for 11 October the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, 14)“Lutheranism 101, Scot A. Kinnaman, p. 278 and the Episcopal Church (USA).15)Calendar of saints (Episcopal Church in the United States of America). In the Eastern Orthodox Church, Philip is counted among the Seventy Apostles, and is referred to as a Protodeacon; his feast day is celebrated on June 6. St. Philip’s feast day is celebrated in The Episcopal Church but not in other Anglican churches. He was added to the Calendar of Saints because he is the patron saint for the Cathedral of St. Philip in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.

GENEALOGY 

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Born: Unknown (1st century)

Place of Birth: Caesarea, Israel

Died: 11th October (1st century)

 

 

EPILOGUE16)http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/smiths-bible-dictionary/philip-the-evangelist.html

Philip the evangelist is first mentioned in the account of the dispute between the Hebrew and Hellenistic disciples in Acts 6. He is one of the deacons appointed to superintend the daily distribution of food and alms, and so to remove all suspicion of partiality. The persecution of which Saul was the leader must have stopped the “daily ministrations” of the Church. The teachers who had been most prominent were compelled to take flight, and Philip was among them. It is noticeable that the city of Samaria, is the first scene of his activity. Acts 8. He is the precursor of St. Paul in his work, as Stephen had been in his teaching. The scene which brings Philip and Simon the sorcerer into contact with each other, ( Acts 8:9-13 ) which the magician has to acknowledge a power over nature greater than his own, is interesting. This step is followed by another. On the road from Jerusalem to Gaza he meets the Ethiopian eunuch. ( Acts 8:26 ) ff. The History that follows is interesting as one of the few records in the New Testament of the process of individual conversion. A brief sentence tells us that Philip continued his work as a preacher at Azotus (Ashdod) and among the other cities that had formerly belonged to the Philistines, and, following the coast-line, came to Caesarea. Then for a long period–not less than eighteen or nineteen years–we lose sight of him. The last glimpse of him in the New Testament is in the account of St. Pauls journey to Jerusalem. It is to his house as to one well known to them, that St. Paul and his companions turn for shelter. He has four daughters, who possess the gift of prophetic utterance and who apparently give themselves to the work of teaching instead of entering on the life of home. ( Acts 21:8 Acts 21:9 ) He is visited by the prophets and elders of Jerusalem. One tradition places the scene of his death at Hierapolis in Phrygia. According to another, he died bishop of Tralles. The house in which he and-his daughters had lived was pointed out to travellers in the time of Jerome.


Related: Biblical Overviews List of Key Old Testament Characters


SOURCES

1.0) Source: http://christianity.about.com/od/newtestamentpeople/fl/Philip-the-Evangelist.htm (By Jack Zavada)

2.0) Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_the_Evangelist

3.0) Source: http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/smiths-bible-dictionary/philip-the-evangelist.html

4.0) Source: bibleresources.americanbible.org | Tittle: "A Guide to Key Events, Characters and Themes of the Bible"

 

References   [ + ]

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7. http://christianity.about.com/od/newtestamentpeople/fl/Philip-the-Evangelist.htm (By Jack Zavada).[Sources: Smith’s Bible Dictionary, William Smith; The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, Merrill F. Unger; Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Trent C. Butler, general editor.]
6, 8, 10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_the_Evangelist
9, 12. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). “Philip “the Evangelist””. Encyclopædia Britannica. 21 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 376.
11. see further George Salmon, Introduction to the New Testament, 7th ed., p. 313 sqq.
13. Martyrologium Romanum”, Typis Vaticanis, Editio Altera, 2004, entry for 11 October
14. “Lutheranism 101, Scot A. Kinnaman, p. 278
15. Calendar of saints (Episcopal Church in the United States of America).
16. http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/smiths-bible-dictionary/philip-the-evangelist.html

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