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Lesson # Mark 3:18b
Study Material - Mark 3:18b
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18 And [kai] Andrew [Andreas] , and [kai] Philip [Philippos] , and [kai] Bartholomew [Bartholomaios] , and [kai] Matthew [Matthaios] , and [kai] Thomas [Thomas] , and [kai] James [Iakobos] the son [ho] of Alphaeus [Alphaios] , and [kai] Thaddaeus [Thaddaios] , and [kai] Simon [Simon] the Canaanite [Kananites] , KJV-Interlinear
18 and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot; NAS
The fifth Apostle listed in this chapter is Philip. I seem to have hit a nerve in the last few study lessons. Folks do not seem to appreciate my statement that these men were not super special human beings, but were mere men set in history by God, for the specific purpose of doing what they did. God elected them just as God elected you and me. We all have special purposes in our lives. God did not create any of us frivolously and without purpose. At the same time, God does not need nor depend on any of us to promote His Plan in history. Ours is but a privilege that we are even included. Do not bend your life around the worship of Mary, or Elijah, or Moses, or Paul, or anyone other than Jesus Christ. Jesus himself stated that He could raise up descendants of Abraham from the stones of the field. So if we are mere stones of red dust, then that does not speak much to our credit. One human is no better than another as far as our existence goes. The difference between us in our lives is and will only be due to, the doctrine we learn and retain in our souls. That is where we will be 'set apart' from all others. That said, this article and summary of Philip comes from yet another source, the New Unger's Bible Dictionary. I am going to mention the two Philip's which are different men by that name. The first is the Apostle, and the second (from Acts) is commonly referred to as the Evangelist. The article is as follows:
'PHILIP (fil'ip; Grk. Philippos, 'lover of horses'), an apostle, and another by that name, an evangelist.
This Philip was of the city of Bethsaida, in Galilee (John 1:44; 12:21), but of his family we have no information. Little is recorded of Philip in the Scriptures.
He had probably gone with Andrew and Peter to hear the preaching of John the Baptist. They had, without doubt, spoken to him of Jesus as the long-expected Savior, for on the next day after Andrew brought his brother Simon to Jesus, Philip unhesitatingly complied with the Master's request to follow Him (1:41-43). He was thus the fourth of the apostles who attached themselves to Jesus.
The first act of Philip was to invite Nathanael to 'come and see' Jesus, saying, 'We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph' (1:45-47). His ready acceptance of Jesus, and what he said to Nathanael, seem to imply much acquaintance with the Word.
When the twelve were specially set apart for their office, Philip was numbered among them (Matt 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:14).
When Jesus was about to feed the 5,000 He asked Philip, 'Where are we to buy bread, that these may eat?' And it is added, 'And this He was saying to test him' (John 6:5-7). Bengel and others suppose that this was because the duty of providing food had been committed to Philip, whereas Chrysostom and Theodore of Mopsuestia rather suppose it was because this apostle was weak in faith. The answer of Philip agrees well enough with either supposition. Certain Greeks, desiring to see Jesus, made application to Philip for an introduction. Philip, uncertain at first whether to comply with their request or not, consulted with Andrew, who went with him and mentioned the circumstance to Jesus (12:21-22). Scripture adds only the remark of Philip, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us' (14:8), and refers to his presence at Jerusalem with the church after the ascension (Acts 1:13). The later traditions concerning this apostle are vague and uncertain; but there is nothing improbable in the statement that he preached the gospel in Phrygia and that he met his death at Hieropolis in Syria.
Philip the Evangelist, chosen in the list in Acts 6, is not the same Philip the Apostle. Of his family nothing is known. We first hear of this Philip in his appointment as one of the seven deacons, his name following Stephen in the list (Acts 6:5). They were appointed to superintend the daily ministration of food and alms and so to remove all suspicion of partiality. The persecution that followed the death of Stephen stopped the daily ministrations of the church. The teachers who had been most prominent were compelled to take flight, and Philip was among them.
Philip found his way to the city of Samaria, where Simon Magus practiced sorcery. The latter was held in great reverence because of the wonders he wrought. Philip performed many substantial miracles and thus drew away from the sorcerer the attention of the people, who listened gladly to the gospel. Simon himself seems to have regarded Philip as in league with some superhuman being and looked upon baptism as the initiatory rite through which he might obtain the same powers; he solicited and obtained baptism from the evangelist (8:5-13).
After Peter and John had come to Samaria to complete the work begun by Philip, he was directed by the angel of the Lord to proceed to Gaza. On the way he met a court official of Candace, queen of Ethiopia, who had come to Jerusalem to worship. The eunuch was reading Isa 53 when Philip drew near to his chariot and asked him if he understood that which he read. Upon invitation Philip took a seat and expounded the Scripture, preaching Jesus, the result of which was the conversion and baptism of the eunuch. Upon the return from the water in which the baptism occurred 'the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch saw him no more' (Acts 8:39). 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 coastline, came to Caesarea (8:26-40).
For a number of years (estimated from fifteen to nineteen) we lose sight of the evangelist. The last glimpse we have of him in the NT is in the account of the apostle Paul's journey to Jerusalem. At his house the great apostle and his companions stayed for many days. The four virgin daughters of Philip, 'who were prophetesses,' and Agabus, who prophesied of Paul's danger from the Jews, are mentioned in the narrative (21:8-14). The traditions concerning Philip are conflicting and uncertain. The Greek martyrologies make him to have been bishop of Tralles, in Lydia; but the Latins make him end his days in Caesarea.'
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