philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. [acts 8:5]
the Gospel is for everyone, regardless of race, nation, gender, or background.
philip preached to the samaritans.
this was a revolutionary act in his time because the jews and the samaritans hated each other.
yet, philip broke tradition, laid down any prejudice, and went to those who hated him because of his race.
in doing this, he followed the example of his master, Jesus, who had ministered to the samaritan woman at the well [john 4]. when the samaritans accepted the Gospel, it was a great breakthrough because it proved Jesus was for the whole world, not just the jews.
this is what is to come some day soon.
as you read, listen to the voice of our God, and worship the King who is for all people, all people!
after this i looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” and all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “amen! blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! amen.” [revelation 7:9-13]
~ john ryan