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New Testament Conversions: The Conversion of the Ethiopian (Acts 8)

“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 8:38)

It must have been an odd sight to anyone who might have passed by – these two grown men down in the water practicing this strange ritual; one dunking the other, burying him completely under the water and then raising him up again; the one dunked coming up out of the water rejoicing like some kind of heavy burden had just been lifted from his shoulders, or like he had just been set free from a life of slavery, or prison. But then, maybe it was not such an odd sight after all. Maybe this kind of thing was going on all over Judea. We know that three thousand had gone through a similar experience in one day in Jerusalem not many weeks before this (Acts 2:41). And we know that a multitude of men and women in Samaria had done this exact same thing just days before. Perhaps by now the typical response of the passer-by would have been, “There goes another one!” Continue reading » New Testament Conversions: The Conversion of the Ethiopian (Acts 8)