Philip baptized the eunuch (Acts 8:38)

“The eunuch commanded

The chariot

To stop.

Both of them,

Philip

And the eunuch,

Went down into the water.

Philip baptized him.”

καὶ ἐκέλευσεν στῆναι τὸ ἅρμα, καὶ κατέβησαν ἀμφότεροι εἰς τὸ ὕδωρ, ὅ τε Φίλιππος καὶ ὁ εὐνοῦχος, καὶ ἐβάπτισεν αὐτόν.

The author of Acts indicated that the eunuch commanded (καὶ ἐκέλευσεν) the chariot (τὸ ἅρμα) to stop (στῆναι).  Both of them (ἀμφότεροι εἰς), Philip (ὅ τε Φίλιππος) and the eunuch (καὶ ὁ εὐνοῦχος), went down (καὶ κατέβησαν) into the water (εἰς τὸ ὕδωρ).  Philip baptized him (καὶ ἐβάπτισεν αὐτόν).  This eunuch ordered the chariot to stop, so that they must have had a driver.  Then both Philip and the eunuch got out of the carriage and went down to the water where Philip baptized him.  There was no mention of an explicit baptismal formula or the Holy Spirit.  The eunuch believed in Jesus as the Son of God.  Therefore, he could be baptized, nothing more and nothing less, in this simple sacramental action with minimal to practically no preparation.  Do you think that people should be baptized in water by the side of the road?

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