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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Acts 8:29

(All scriptures taken from the NWT)
Acts 8:29 says:
   "So the spirit said to Philip: "Approach and join yourself to this chariot.""
   But to put this scripture in context, let's back up to verse 26:

However, Jehovah's angel spoke to Philip, saying: "Rise and go to the south to the road that runs down from Jerusalem to Ga´za." (This is a desert road.)

With that he rose and went, and, look! an E·thi·o´pi·an eunuch, a man in power under Can·da´ce queen of the E·thi·o´pi·ans, and who was over all her treasure. He had gone to Jerusalem to worship,

but he was returning and was sitting in his chariot and reading aloud the prophet Isaiah.

So the spirit said to Philip: "Approach and join yourself to this chariot."

   In verse 26 we see that it was not the Holy Spirit who began talking to Philip but instead was "Jehovah's angel". 'Jehovah's angel" continues his instructions to Philip in verse 29. Note: verse 29 does not say the Holy Spirit, but only "spirit". The Greek language shows that "spirit" does also mean merely "angels" as the context here indicates.

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