July 21, 2019

When Faith Doesn’t Save

Passage: Acts 8:5-25
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  1. Mike

    Acts 8:5-24 KJV
    [5] Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. [6] And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. [7] For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them : and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. [8] And there was great joy in that city. [9] But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: [10] To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. [11] And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. [12] But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. [13] Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. [14] Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: [15] Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: [16] (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) [17] Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. [18] And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, [19] Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. [20] But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. [21] Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. [22] Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. [23] For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. [24] Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.

    Was Simon truly unsaved?
    He was told to repent of his wickedness, but never to get saved. He was told he had no part nor lot in the matter (which was the giving of the Holy Spirit). Furthermore, he was rebuked because his heart was not right in the sight of God (but he was never told that his spiritual standing with God was nonexistent). He was, after all, a new believer and quite immature and very ingrained with his former profession as a sorcerer.
    He was told, after observation and based on his comments, that he had the gall of bitterness and the bond of inequity (he was jealous and…wrapped-up in sin).
    He then pleaded that judgement would not befall him because of his sin (the Holy Spirit had already killed two people for premeditated sin; in contrast; Simon was not struck dead seemingly because of his ignorance and immaturity).

    Just wondering? During “The Gathering” at Pastor Allen’s, I did not bring this up, but in re-reading the text and examining it a bit further…the thought popped up.


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