By Michael Gilbert
January 14, 2007
“Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them…But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” (Acts 8:5, 12)
As Philip preached the gospel to Samaria, it should be noted that he preached: (1) the kingdom of God, and (2) the name of Jesus Christ.
Sincere Bible students know that the kingdom of Christ was established on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:30-33) and was called the “church” (Acts 2:47). When Philip preached, it was with power and conviction. He message was a narrow message – he preached “the” kingdom. Obviously, his message and confirming miracles were in direct opposition to the beliefs of the people and the current practices of Simon the Sorcerer, but he preached anyway, no doubt offending many, for all did not obey his message.
He also preached the “name of Christ”, which simply means the authority of Christ. Philip preached exactly what Peter preached, namely, that Jesus is now the resurrected “Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36), and obedience must be rendered to Him now, for one day, He will be the Judge of all (2 Cor. 5:10). After Philip preached, many were baptized.
Preaching Christ, then, means preaching the true, singular nature of the kingdom and preaching that all must render obedience through baptism to the resurrected King of Kings.