After the voluntary passion and rsurrection of the Son of God, with the rest of the Apostles Saint Philip beheld his Lord in His immortal and glorified body, received from Him His peace and blessing, and also witnessed His ascension. Thereafter he was vouchsafed the grace of the Holy Spirit and became a preacher of Christ amid the gentiles, for it fell to him to preach in Asia Minor and Syria. He preached, however, first in Galilee. There it came to pass that a certain woman met him, bearing in her arms her dead boy and lamenting inconsolably. When he saw her, the Apostle was moved to pity and, stretching forth his hand over the infant, said, "Arise! Thus doth Christ command thee, for it is Him that I preach!" And straightway the child was restored to life. The mother, seeing her son raised up alive and well, overcome with joy, fell at the feet of the Apostle, pouring forth her gratitude to him for resurrecting her son and asking him for baptism, for she had come to believe in the Lord Christ whom he was preaching. The Apostle, having baptized mother and son, departed into pagan lands.
Preaching the gospel in Greece, he worked many miracles, healed diseases, and raised up a dead man through the power of Christ. This miracle astonished the Jews living there, and they sent word to Jerusalem, to the chief priests and princes of the Jews, that a stranger named Philip had come among them, preaching the name of Jesus, whereby he was casting out demons and healing all diseases, and had even raised a man from the dead by the self-same name of Jesus; and many had come to believe in Christ. Soon there came from Jerusalem to Greece a certain chief priest accompanied by scribes, who bitterly fulminated against Philip. Arrayed in his priestly vestments, he sat with pride and hauteur in the judgment seat in the presence of a multitude of people, both Jews and gentiles. Led thither, the Apostle Philip was set in the midst of that company. Fixing a threatening gaze upon him, the chief priest began to speak wrathfully, "Is it not enough that you have deceived the simple and illiterate people of Judaea, Galilee, and Samaria? But you have also come here, to the wise Greeks, to spread the corruption which you have learned from Jesus, the opponent of the law of Moses, for which He was condemned, crusified on a cross and died an ignominious death. It was only because of the feast of the Passover that He was buried; and you, His disciples, stole His body secretly, and to deceive many spread the word everywhere that He Himself had risen from the dead."
When the chief priest had uttered these words, the crowd cried out against Philip, "What have you to say in answer to this, O Philip?" And a great noise arose from the people. Some demanded that Philip be immediately slain; others that he be sent to Jerusalem to be executed.
Then the holy Apostle opened his mouth and said to the chief priest, "Wrongly do you love vanity and speak falsehood! Why deos your heart remain hardened, and why do you not wish to confess the Truth? Did you not set a seal upon the tomb and post a guard; and when the Lord rose from the dead without breaking thew seal of the tomb, did you not then give gold to the watch, that they perjure themselves, saying that while they slept His disciples stole His body? How is it that you are not now ashamed to pervert the Truth? On the day of judgment the very seals of the tomb shall be the most manifest unmaskers of your falsehood, for they were indisputable evidence of the true resurrection of Christ!"
When the Apostle said this, the chief priest grew yet more angered and cast himself at him in a fit of insane malice, desiring to seize the Apostle himself, but at that instant he was stricken blind and turned black. Those present, seeing what had taken place, ascribed it to sorcery and, casting themselves upon Philip, wished to destroy him as a warlock; but all who wished to lay hold of him were struck with the same punishment as the chief priest. Meanwhile, the earth began to shake tremendously, and all quaked out of fear and came to know the great power of Christ. The Apostle Philip, seeing their blindness of spirit and body, shed tears for them and turned to God in prayer, begging Him to forgive them. And, lo! at the Saint's prayer, healing was sent down from on high upon all who were afflicted. This miracle caused many to convert to Christ and to believe on Him. But the chief priest, blinded all the more by malice, not only did not wish to mend his ways after the punishment inflicted upon him, but again began to utter many blasphemies against our Lord Jesus Christ. Then a greater punishment befell him. Suddenly the ground opened up and swallowed him alive, as once it had happened to Dathan and Abiron [Num 16].
After the chief priest had perished, St. Philip baptized many there and appointed as their bishop a certain honored and worthy man named Narcissus; then he himself passed on to Parthia. Many other miracles were performed by him as preached the gospel of Jesus Christ. For lack of space, we shall discuss his martyrdom instead of listing the many other things he said and did.
Philip was in Hierapolis with the Apostle Bartholomew and Mariamne, diligently striving to destroy the gloom of idolatry, that the light of the knowledge of the truth might shine on those gone astray; therein they labored day and night, teaching the unbelievers concerning the Word of God, educating the ignorant and setting the lost upon the true path. The Apostle taught them the true God who is the only Author of creation and the universe, of all things visible and invisible, and how He had fashioned man. He continued, expounding on His divine condescension in becoming man, His saving crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. He also taught that the incarnate Son and Word of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, will come again and will resurrect the human race and render unto each according to his works. All who are baptized in His name and have preserved His commandments to do them will inherit everlasting bliss. But those who have put aside His law will be condemned to endless torment. With these and other salvific words, the Apostle catechized the people. All whom perceived to have accepted his words of faith in their hearts, he baptized. And for them he ordained bishops and presbyters.
The mayor of the city, Nicanor, ordered the Apostles be arrested. A great crowd gathered, and the holy Apostles Philip and Bartholomew, and the holy maiden Mariamne, were dragged through the city's streets, beaten and mocked, and finally cast into prison. Then the mayor took his place in the tribunal to judge the preachers of Christ, and having summoned all the pagans priests and the priests of a viper they had slew, he allowed them to lodge complaints against the Apostles. They said, "Sir, avenge the dishonor shown our gods, for since these strangers appeared in our city the alters of our great gods have been empty, and the people are no longer minded to bring sacrifices unto them. Our renowned viper-goddess hath died, and the whole city is filled with iniquity. Slay therefore these sorcerers!"
Then the mayor commanded that St. Philip's garments be stripped from him, thinking that magic charms were hidden therein; but he found nothing. Nor was anything found in the garments of St. Bartholomew. But when they approached Mariamne, intending to strip her of her vesture and lay bare her virginal body, she suddenly appeared to their eyes as a fiery flame, and the impious ones fled from her in fear. The holy Apostles were condemned to be crucified. First to suffer was St. Philip. Having bored holes between his ankle bones and passed cords through them, they crucified him on a cross head-downward, in front of the portals of the viper's temple, and all the while cast stones at him as well. Then they crucified St. Bartholomew on the wall of the temple. Suddenly a great earthquake struck, and the earth opened up and swallowed the mayor together with all the pagan priests and a multitude of the impious. All who remained among the living, both believers and pagans, were seized with a great fear and, lamenting, besought the holy Apostles to take pity on them and entreat their one true God, lest the earth swallow them up as well. With haste they rushed to take the crucified Apostles down from the cross. St. Bartholomew had been affixed but a short distance from the ground, and they were able to take him down with little trouble. But they were unable to remove Philip so quickly, for they had hung him high up, and especially because it was the particular will of God that His Apostle, through such sufferings and by death on the cross, might pass over from earth to heaven, whither his steps had been directed all his life long. Suspended in this manner, St. Philip prayed to God for his enemies, that the Lord forgive them their sins and illumine their minds with an understanding of the truth. The Lord hearkened to his supplication and straightway commanded the earth to vomit up alive the victims which it had swallowed, with the exception of the mayor and the priests of the viper. Then all confessed and glorified the power of Christ aloud, expressing their desire to be baptized. But when they went to take St. Philip down from the cross, they perceived that he had already committed his holy soul into the hands of God; and they took him down dead. The holy Mariamne, his sister, who all the while had witnessed the suffering and death of her brother St. Philip, lovingly embraced and kissed his holy body when when it had been removed from the cross, and she rejoiced that Philip had been accountedd worthy of suffering for Christ. The Apostle Philip reposed in martyrdom in the year AD 71.
About the year 560, the Apostle Philip's holy relics were transferred to Rome, where they now rest in the Church of the Twelve Apostles. One of the arms of the holy Apostle was preserved in Constantinople, in the Church of the Theotokos Pammacaristos. In 1167, the Byzantine Emperor Manuel I Comnenus (1143-1180) gave it to his niece Maria as a holy and precious pledge, when she was given in marriage to Amaury I, crusader King of Jerusalem. In 1204, this sacred arm was transferred to florence.
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Many times we wonder to ourselves, "Is Jesus really alive?" We question our faith because the world tries to tear us down by telling us that Jesus was a mere man. Is that true? If we examine the history, we shall see and be convinced of the TRUTH.
This is the gospel. Jesus Christ is Risen from the dead. It can be historically proven that the Christians were being tortured and killed as early as 49AD. 500 Christians claimed to have seen Christ risen from the dead all at once. Thousands were seeing the miracles. People being raised from the dead, healings by as little as touching Peter's shadow, Handkerchiefs from Paul worked mighty miracles, and prophecy was witnessed in its fulfillment. The early Christians were in a place to know if they were lying. Why would thousands of people make up and lie about Jesus being risen from the dead then get tortured for their lie. They were thrown to lions, they were crucified, they were burned alive, they were skinned alive, and just about every other imaginable torture. Only one conclusion. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.
The TALMUD is an ancient writing that was written by the Jews who put Jesus on trial and sought to kill Him. They hated Jesus, and had no reason to make Him sound better. In this ancient document they accused Jesus of deceiving the people with sorceries. They could not deny His miracles, but had to come up with another explanation because EVERYONE saw and knew He performed miracles. There is no solid basis for denying Jesus was in fact a miracle worker. Even Josephus who was a Jewish historian during that time wrote about Jesus and His miracles. He was writing to please the Romans and He would not have included it if it were not true, because the Romans would not have been pleased with it at all.
JOSH MCDOWELL also has an interesting story. He had actually tried to disprove the bible. When he was in law school some Christians challenged him to disprove the bible. He thought it would be a piece of cake. He was so serious about disproving the scriptures, that he quit school and went to Europe to study in the libraries enriched with material. He even felt that if he could disprove one point the whole thing would be disproven. Needless to say, he was addament and he would not give up easy. Then to everyone's amazement he came back a Christian. What he said was that the historical evidence would prove in the court of law that Jesus Christ is Resurrected from the dead. He has now written many books on the topic and he explains what convinced him. On of the most shocking discoveries he made was that the scriptures were actually written in the first century by the Apostles. He more thoroughly explains this in his book "EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT." (Click the link if you would like to purchase his book: it will be in the Christian books section) He said that if you were to destroy every single Christian New Testament including the ancient manuscripts you could still reconstruct the New Testament using early Church Father quotes of the New Testament except for 11 verses. The fact is that the New Testament is preserved authentically as it is supposed to be. It is not perfect, but close to it. He quotes all of the experts on this subject, and even the liberals have to admit that they could not have been written later than the 2nd century. Yet, even if they were written in the second century, I will explain why they are still accurate. However, Many experts do say that they could not possibly date beyond the first century. Namely because people that were alive in the first century quote the New Testament. Also after studying the book of Acts, they said that Luke was so detailed that when one studies they will find that the book of Acts simply won't fit in a second century setting, only in the first century.
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