A C T S.
In this chapter we have an account of the
persecutions of the Christians, and the propagating of Christianity
thereby. It was strange, but very true, that the disciples of
Christ the more they were afflicted the more they multiplied. I.
Here is the church suffering; upon the occasion of putting Stephen
to death a very sharp storm arose, which forced many from
Jerusalem, ver. 1-3. II.
Here is the church spreading by the ministry of Philip and others
that were dispersed upon that occasion. We have here, 1. The gospel
brought to Samaria, preached there (ver. 4, 5), embraced there (ver. 6-8), even by Simon Magus
(ver. 9-13); the gift of
the Holy Ghost conferred upon some of the believing Samaritans by
the imposition of the hands of Peter and John (ver. 14-17); and the severe rebuke given by
Peter to Simon Magus for offering money for a power to bestow that
gift, ver. 18-25. 2. The
gospel sent to Ethiopia, by the eunuch, a person of quality of that
country. He is returning home in his chariot from Jerusalem,
ver. 26-28. Philip is
sent to him, and in his chariot preaches Christ to him (ver. 29-35), baptizes him upon his
profession of the Christian faith (ver. 36-38), and the leaves him, ver. 39, 40. Thus in different ways
and methods the gospel was dispersed among the nations, and, one
way or other, "Have they not all heard?"