THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 6-3-18



LESSON TITLE: “SIMON THE SORCERER”



WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES, WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST, RAY SULLINS.WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE YOU WITH US TODAY FOR THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM. WHAT A WONDROUS LORD’S DAY MORNING IT IS.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING FOR THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM. IT IS ALWAYS A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE YOU WITH US FOR THIS TIME OF OFFERING TO GOD. WE WELCOME YOU TO THIS SERVICE FOR OUR CREATOR. TODAY, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TOGETHER TO WORSHIP AND PRAISE OUR GOD. THIS MORNING WE WILL GLORIFY OUR LORD THROUGH SONGS OF PRAISE AND THROUGH THE STUDY OF HIS PERFECT WORD. WON’T YOU DO YOUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME TOGETHER ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT. NOW, LET’S BEGIN OUR PRAISE TO GOD IN PRAYER.

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY, EACH DAY OF LIFE AS WELL AS EVERY BLESSING OF LIFE. FOR FATHER WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS COME FROM YOU SPIRITUALLY AND PHYSICALLY. AND FATHER WE ALSO ARE THANKFUL FOR YOUR SON JESUS AND THE GREAT SACRIFICE THAT HE MADE WHICH ALLOWS US ALL TO BE FOUND PRESENTABLE AND ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT. AND FATHER HELP US TO LIVE THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE IN SUCH A WAY THAT WILL GIVE YOU GLORY AND HONOR. BUT HELP US ALSO THIS DAY TO WORSHIP YOU IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH THAT YOU MIGHT KNOW HOW MUCH WE LOVE YOU. AND IN THE END FATHER GIVE US THE REWARD AND THE PLACE OF HEAVEN THAT WE MIGHT ENJOY ETERNITY WITH YOU THOSE THINGS THAT YOU PROMISED. IN YOUR SON'S NAME THAT WE PRAY, AMEN.

GOD HAS PROMISED US SO MANY THINGS IN THIS LIFE AND THE LIFE TO COME. ONE SUCH BLESSING IS ETERNAL LIFE, WHICH IS THE ULTIMATE GOAL FOR ALL WHO LOVE GOD AND WHO OBEY HIS PRECEPTS. THIS MORNING, WE WANT TO BEGIN WITH A SONG WHICH CHALLENGES US TO FOCUS ON THE OUR DAILY SERVICE FOR JESUS! SO, WONT YOU JOIN IN WITH THE BRETHREN AT THIS TIME AS WE SING THE SONG, “I’LL LIVE FOR HIM!”



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

THE PSALMIST DAVID ALWAYS HAD A WONDERFUL WAY OF REMINDING US OF JUST HOW GREAT OUR GOD IS. IN FACT, IN PSALM 94 WE SEE THAT HE HELPS US TO REMEMBER THAT IT IS ONLY THROUGH GOD THAT WE ARE ABLE TO BEAR THE THINGS OF THIS LIFE. IN VERSES 17 THROUGH 19 WE READ, “UNLESS THE LORD HAD BEEN MY HELP, MY SOUL WOULD SOON HAVE SETTLED IN SILENCE. IF I SAY, ‘MY FOOT SLIPS,’ YOUR MERCY, O LORD, WILL HOLD ME UP. IN THE MULTITUDE OF MY ANXIETIES WITHIN ME, YOUR COMFORTS DELIGHT MY SOUL.”

THINK OF ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS DAVID REMINDS US OF HERE. HE SAID WITHOUT GOD’S HELP HIS SOUL WOULD HAVE ALREADY BEEN SILENCED. HOW TRUE THIS IS. IF WE DON’T HAVE GOD, OUR SOUL IS EMPTY, BECAUSE IT IS THE SOUL OF MAN THAT HOUSES THE VERY ESSENCE OF GOD. GOD FILLS US AS HIS CHILDREN AND GUIDES US THROUGH THE SOUL. HE ALSO REMINDS US THAT WE CAN COUNT ON GOD TO HELP US WHEN WE FALL. HE SAID IF HIS FOOT SLIPPED, GOD WAS ALWAYS THERE TO CATCH HIM.

YOU SEE, WE HAVE THE SAME PRIVILEGE IN JESUS CHRIST. HE IS ALWAYS WITH US TO HELP US AND CARE FOR US WHEN WE HAVE NEEDS. THE FINAL THING DAVID MENTIONS IS IN RELATIONSHIP TO ANXIETIES. HE SAYS THAT GOD IS ALWAYS WITH US AS A COMFORT WHEN ANXIETIES COME OUR WAY. LET ME REMIND YOU THAT ANXIETIES ARE FEARS WHICH WE HAVE DUE TO UNCERTAINTIES OR THINGS WE ARE UNSURE OF, IN THIS LIFE.

OH, HOW TRULY COMFORTING OUR GOD IS. YES, OUR GOD IS TRULY A GREAT GOD. HE IS ALWAYS WITH US TO GUIDE, GUARD AND DIRECT US IN EVERY WALK OF LIFE. HE IS THE ONLY PLACE WE CAN FIND THE TRUE PEACE AND SOLACE THAT WE DESIRE IN THIS LIFE. NOW, THE QUESTION IS, DO YOU HAVE CHRIST IN YOU? IF NOT, WHY NOT? CHOOSE TODAY TO ACCEPT HIS WILL, BY CONFESSING HIS NAME, REPENTING OF YOUR SINS, AND BEING BURIED WITH HIM THROUGH BAPTISM. THEN, AND ONLY THEN, CAN YOU HAVE THE HELP FROM GOD THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TODAY.

THIS MORNING WE WILL AGAIN CONSIDER A LESSON FROM OUR NEW SERIES ENTITLED, “WHAT SHALL WE DO.” OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC TODAY IS, “SIMON THE SORCERER,” IN ACTS 8. SO PLEASE STAY WITH US THROUGH OUR NEXT SONG AND AFTER THAT I WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. NOW IT’S TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE MORNING, THE NAME OF THE SONG, “I BRING MY SINS TO THEE.”

LESSON

RAY SULLINS

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CONTINUING WITH US THIS WEEK AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND CONSIDER ANOTHER LESSON IN OUR NEW SERIES THAT DEALS WITH THE IDEA OF WHAT SHALL I DO? OR WHAT MUST I DO? AND REALLY WHAT WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO DO TOGETHER IS TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION OF THE WAY THAT ONE BECOMES A CHILD OF GOD BASED ON THE CONVERSIONS, NOT JUST THE COMMANDS OF GOD THAT ARE SEEN WITHIN THESE EXAMPLES BUT BASED ON THE CONVERSIONS THAT WE SEE WITHIN THE BOOK OF ACTS. WHAT WERE PEOPLE TOLD AND WHAT DID THEY DO TO BECOME CHILDREN OF GOD? AND SO LAST WEEK WE LOOK AT ACTS CHAPTER 2 WHERE CERTAINLY THE CHURCH WAS ESTABLISHED ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST AND WHEN THEY WERE TOLD THERE TO THE QUESTION WHAT SHALL WE DO? THEY WERE TOLD TO REPENT AND LET EVERYONE OF YOU BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST AND YOU WILL RECEIVE FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS AND YOU WILL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

AND SO TODAY WE CONTINUE WITH ANOTHER STORY, AND BY THE WAY BY THE TIME WE GET TO CHAPTER 8 AND WE ACTUALLY LOOK TODAY AT SIMON THE SORCERER, THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS THAT HAPPEN. IN FACT, YOU BEGIN TO SEE THERE IN CHAPTER THREE AND IN FOUR AS WELL AS FIVE YOU KEEP SEEING THIS IDEA OF THE GOSPEL BEING PREACHED OF MANY RESPONDED, MANY BELIEVING, MANY FOLLOWING THE APOSTLES, AND DOING THE THINGS OF GOD. THERE ARE A LOT OF EXCITING THINGS WITHIN THE TEXT THERE BUT IT'S REALLY AGAIN WHEN WE GET TO CHAPTER 8 THAT WE'VE JUST SEEN STEPHEN A MARTYR WHO DIES, WHO IS STONED TO DEATH FOR HIS FAITH. SOMEONE WHO IS SO COMMITTED TO GOD THAT HE EVEN DIES FOR HIS GOD. BUT THEY'RE IN CHAPTER 8 WE BEGAN TO SEE THAT THE MESSAGE CONTINUES TO BE PROCLAIMED BY ONE OF THOSE WHO WAS CALLED PHILIP. AND THERE PHILIP IS MENTIONED IN VERSE FIVE FOR INSTANCE OF CHAPTER 8 TO BE PREACHING CHRIST TO THEM. BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT HE WAS PREACHING CHRIST TO THEM? WELL, IT MEANS THAT THEY WERE BEING TOLD ABOUT JESUS AND WHO JESUS WAS AND WHAT JESUS MEANS IN RELATIONSHIP TO WHAT? ETERNAL LIFE OR SALVATION AND AGAIN THAT'S WHAT OUR SERIES IS FOCUSING ON.

BUT THEN IF YOU WILL DROP DOWN WITH ME IN VERSE 12. IT IS WITHIN THAT SECTION THAT WE BEGAN TO SEE A DISCUSSION ABOUT A MAN CALLED SIMON THE SORCERER. AND AS HE PREACHES JESUS, THAT IS THE SAME PHILIP, AS HE PREACHES JESUS IT SAYS THERE THAT HE ALSO PREACHES IN VERSE 12 THE KINGDOM OF GOD. BECAUSE WHAT JESUS DIED FOR WAS THE SIN OF MAN BUT HE ALSO PURCHASED THE CHURCH WITH HIS BLOOD, THE KINGDOM OF GOD, ACTS 20 AND VERSE 28, AND SO WHEN YOU PREACH JESUS YOU HAVE TO PREACH THE KINGDOM BECAUSE WHEN ONE IS SAVED THE BIBLE SAYS YOU ARE ADDED TO THE KINGDOM OR THE CHURCH. AND SO YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE A PART OF WHAT YOU'RE TO BE HOUSED IN. YOU HAVE TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE REQUIREMENTS IN THE FAMILY, THE ORGANIZATION, THE CHURCH OF GOD BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE TO BECOME A PART OF. IMAGINE JOINING SOME SORT OF ORGANIZATION MADE BY MAN AND YOU JOIN THAT ORGANIZATION AND SAY, ‘OH, I JUST WANTED TO BE A PART OF THE ORGANIZATION. I'M NOT DOING ANYTHING THAT I GOTTA DO TO BE IN IT OR TO STAY IN THE ORGANIZATION OR THE REQUIREMENTS.’ HOW LONG DO YOU THINK YOU'RE GOING TO STAY A PART OF THOSE DIFFERENT FRATERNITIES AND THOSE ORGANIZATIONS? NOT ANYTIME. THEY'RE GOING TO DISMISS YOU. THEY ARE GONNA KICK YOU OUT! WELL, HOW SILLY THEN WOULDN'T IT BE FOR SOMEONE TO SAY, ‘OH WELL, WITH THE CHURCH AS LONG AS YOU BELIEVE IN GOD.. YOU KNOW, YOU ARE JUST A CHRISTIAN,’ AND YOU ARE JUST FLOATING AROUND WHATEVER ELSE. NO, YOU'RE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD. YOU ARE IN THE CHURCH PLACED BY GOD AND IF YOU'RE NOT IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD YOU HAVE NOT BEEN PLACED THERE BY GOD AND IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN PLACED THERE BY GOD YOU'VE NOT DONE WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME A TRUE CHRISTIAN. BECAUSE GOD ONLY PLACES THOSE IN THE KINGDOM OF THE DEAR SON OF HIS LOVE WHO HAVE OBEYED HIS COMMANDMENTS. WE KNOW THAT BECAUSE OF COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1 AND VERSE 13.

BUT CONTINUE WITH ME IF YOU WILL NOW GOING BACK TO ACTS CHAPTER 8 AND NOTICE THAT THIS MAN SIMON WAS ACTUALLY RENOWNED IN HIS AREA PEOPLE KNEW WHO HE WAS. WHY? BECAUSE HE WAS SOMEONE WHO HAD GREAT POWER. IN FACT, IF YOU'LL NOTICE THERE BEGINNING WITH ME IN VERSE 9 IT SAYS, “BUT THERE WAS A CERTAIN MAN CALLED SIMON, WHO PREVIOUSLY PRACTICED SORCERY IN THE CITY AND ASTONISHED THE PEOPLE OF SAMARIA, CLAIMING THAT HE WAS SOMEONE GREAT TO WHOM THEY ALL GAVE HEED, FROM THE LEAST TO THE GREATEST, SAYING, ‘THIS MAN IS THE GREAT POWER OF GOD.’ AND THEY HEEDED HIM BECAUSE HE HAD ASTONISHED THEM WITH HIS SORCERIES FOR A LONG TIME.” EVERYBODY IN THE AREA. EVERYBODY IN THE CITY, RICH AND POOR, GREAT AND UNGREAT, EDUCATED AND UNEDUCATED, THEY ALL HAD BEEN IMPRESSED BY THIS MAN SIMON. HE WAS RENOWNED IN THE AREA. HE WAS SOMEONE WHO THEY LOOKED TO AND THOUGHT, ‘WOW! WHAT A MAN. WHAT POWER.’ AND THEY WERE EVEN ATTRIBUTING THE POWER HE HAD TO GOD. WHAT'S QUITE SIGNIFICANT ABOUT THAT IS LATER HERE IN OUR STORY IN JUST A MOMENT WE'RE GOING TO SEE THIS SIMON WANTS REAL POWER. WHEN HE SEES WHAT PETER AND SOME OF THE OTHERS HAD, HE WAS NO LONGER INTERESTED IN HIS SORCERY AND HIS TRICKERY. HE WANTS REAL POWER, HE WANTS TO BUY REAL POWER. WELL, HE'S BEEN DECEIVING MEN HASN'T HE? AND BEEN USING HIS TRICKERY AND IN FACT THE WORD HERE MEANS HIS MAGIC ARTS, THE ARTS OF MAGIC AND THE CONCEPT OF TRICKERY, THE SLEIGHT-OF-HAND AND THOSE THINGS THAT CERTAINLY MIGHT BE IMPRESSIVE BUT REALLY AREN'T ANYTHING HAVING TO DO WITH MIRACULOUS OR A POWER FROM GOD. LIKE GOING UP TO A LITERAL DEAD PERSON IN THE GRAVE AND TELLING THEM TO COME OUT OF THE GRAVE AND THEY COME OUT FULLY WHOLE! THAT'S THE TYPE OF POWER THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WITH GOD. WE SEE HE WAS A TRICKSTER. HE WAS SOMEONE ADMITTEDLY WITHIN THE TEXT WHO IS REALLY ENGAGED IN SUCH. BUT PEOPLE BOUGHT INTO IT. THEY BELIEVED IT HOOK, LINE, AND SINKER AND THEY WERE FOLLOWING, IN THE SENSE, THIS SORCERER. BUT GUESS WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SORCERER? WELL HE HEARS THE PREACHING OF THE THINGS CONCERNING WHAT? THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. OH, WHY IN THE WORLD DID HE WASTE TIME ON THE KINGDOM? ARE YOU ONLY GONNA PREACH JESUS? CERTAINLY YOU'VE GOTTA PREACH JESUS AND THE KINGDOM. SIMON, YOU NEED TO FOLLOW JESUS BUT WHEN YOU FOLLOW JESUS HE IS GONNA PUT YOU IN HIS KINGDOM AND YOU HAVE TO BE A WORKER IN THAT KINGDOM. YOU GOTTA BE A PART OF THE FAMILY OF GOD. YOU GOTTA BE EFFECTIVE IN THE FOLD OF GOD.

WELL, IF YOU WILL NOTICE HERE THEN WHAT DOES HE DO? IT SAYS HE ALONG WITH OTHERS, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, WERE BAPTIZED. WELL LET'S SEE. DID THEY CONFESS THE NAME OF JESUS? THEY WOULD'VE HAD TO BELIEVE. DID THEY REPENT OF THEIR SINS? WE KNOW REPENTANCE IS REQUIRED EVEN JESUS SAID IF YOU DON'T REPENT YOU'LL PERISH, LUKE 13:3. THINK ABOUT THE COMMONSENSE CONCEPT HERE THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT ALL THESE THINGS CERTAINLY DID, THEY HAD TO HAVE DONE WHAT IT IS THAT'S REQUIRED UNDER SALVATION. BUT THE THING THAT IT MENTIONS AS THEY WERE BAPTIZED. YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE BAPTISM IS THE CULMINATION OF ALL THOSE ACTIONS. WHEN SOMEONE BELIEVES AND THEY ARE MOVED TO REPENT OF THEIR SIN AND TO TURN AWAY, TO CONFESS THE NAME OF JESUS AND IT IS THERE THE ACT OF BAPTISM WHERE SOMEONE IS LITERALLY BURIED IN THE WATER AS JESUS DIED AND WAS BURIED AND RAISES OUT OF THE WATER AS JESUS WAS RESURRECTED. READ ROMANS CHAPTER 6 VERSES 1 TO 6 AND YOU'LL FIND THESE THINGS TO BE TRUE. THAT IS THE LIKENESS, THAT IS THE LIKE FIGURE THAT WE ENGAGE IN, AND THAT IS THE CULMINATION AND AT THAT MOMENT WHAT HAPPENS? ACTS CHAPTER 2 VERSE 41, 3000 WERE BAPTIZED. AND WHAT HAPPENED? THEY WERE ADDED BY THE LORD TO THE CHURCH. YOU SEE THAT SHOWED, THAT CULMINATED THE FAITH THE PROCESS OF THE PROOF OF THEIR FAITH FROM BELIEF, CONFESSION, AND REPENTANCE SO THAT GOD WOULD THEN DO WHAT HE PROMISED AND ADD THEM TO THE KINGDOM OR TO THE CHURCH. WELL, THEY WERE BAPTIZED. AND THEN SIMON HIMSELF IS ALSO A BELIEVER AND HE WAS BAPTIZED AND HE CONTINUED WITH PHILLIP AND WAS AMAZED SEEING THE MIRACLES AND THE SIGNS THAT WERE DONE. HE'S FOLLOWING THEM AROUND AND SAYING, ‘WOW THIS IS REAL POWER..AMAZING!’ EVEN PHILLIP HAD THE POWER AND SIMON IS COMPARING IT TO THE TRICKERY THAT HE HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN AND NOW HE IS SAYING, ‘BOY, IF I COULD ONLY HAVE THAT KIND OF POWER. THAT REAL POWER.’ BUT HE WAS A BELIEVER AND HE WAS BAPTIZED AND HE WAS FOLLOWING JESUS.

WELL, IT'S IN THE SAME SECTION THAT YOU MIGHT NOTICE WITH ME. VERSE 14 SAYS AND THE APOSTLES CAME DOWN TO SEE HOW THINGS WERE GOING ON AND THEY ACTUALLY SENT PETER AND JOHN. AND VERSE 15 SAYS, “WHO, WHEN THEY HAD COME DOWN, THEY PRAYED FOR THEM THAT THEY MIGHT…” WHAT? “RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT.” FOR AS OF YET, HE HAD FALLEN UPON NONE OF THEM. THEY'D ONLY BEEN BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. THEY HAD BEEN BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. WHAT DID WE LEARN LAST WEEK THAT SOMEONE RECEIVES AT BAPTISM? THE REMISSION OF SINS AND THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. SO WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE? NONE OF THEM HAD RECEIVED THE MIRACULOUS GIFTS LIKE PHILIP BECAUSE NO ONE COULD TRANSFER OUR PASS ON THE MIRACULOUS GIFTS EXCEPT THE APOSTLES. AND WHAT IS IT THAT SIMON LEARNS? VERSE 16, “FOR AS YET HE HAD FALLEN UPON NONE OF THEM. THEY HAD ONLY BEEN BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS. THEN THEY LAID HANDS ON THEM, AND THEY RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT. AND WHEN SIMON SAW THAT THROUGH THE LAYING ON OF THE APOSTLES’ HANDS, THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS GIVEN, HE OFFERED THEM MONEY.”

SO SIMON IS WATCHING ALL THIS AND HE SEES THAT NO ONE IS RECEIVING THE MIRACULOUS POWER. THEY HAD RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT. THAT'S THE PROMISE OF GOD, ACTS CHAPTER 2 VERSE 38. BUT THEY HADN'T RECEIVED THE MIRACULOUS AND SO SIMON SAYS, ‘OH, SO YOU MEAN THESE APOSTLES LIKE PETER AND JOHN, THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO TRANSFER?’ PHILIP COULDN'T DO IT. HE DIDN'T ASK PHILIP TO DO IT BECAUSE HE WASN'T AN APOSTLE. BUT HE SAYS THEY CAN GIVE THE POWER. AND SO HE SAYS, ‘CAN I GIVE YOU MONEY TO RECEIVE THIS POWER?’ YOU SEE NOW THE IDEA THAT IS BEING PRESENTED HERE? AND HOW THAT NOW SIMON HAVING LEFT HIS SORCERY TO TURN TO GOD SEES TRUE POWER BELIEVES AND THEREFORE IS BAPTIZED IN ORDER THAT HE MIGHT BE ADDED BY GOD TO THE CHURCH. AND NOW HE EVEN WANTS THAT POWER HIMSELF. WELL, THE NEXT THING THAT WE FIND IS THAT HE IS REBUKED. IN FACT, IN VERSE 19, WHAT IS IT THAT WE HEAR? HE SAYS, “‘GIVE ME THIS POWER ALSO, THAT ANYONE ON WHOM I LAY HANDS MAY RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT.’” IT'S INTERESTING BECAUSE WHAT SIMON ACTUALLY WANTS, HE DOESN'T JUST WANT THE POWER TO DO MIRACLES AS MANY HAD LIKE PHILIP HAD, HE WANTED THE POWER TO BE ABLE TO TRANSFER THE POWER OF MIRACLES. IN OTHER WORDS, I WANT TO BE ABLE TO GET PROFIT OUT OF THIS AND SO IF I CAN GIVE SOMEONE POWER... OH WOW! THAT'S GOING TO BE WAY MORE PROFITABLE THAN JUST HAVING THE POWER. I WANT TO BE LIKE AN APOSTLE. YOU SEE THE ARROGANCE OF THIS SORCERER? BY THE WAY, WHO HAD BEEN CONSIDERED WHAT? WHO HAD BEEN CONSIDERED A GREAT POWER OF GOD WHO PEOPLE LOOKED UP TO AND PEOPLE THOUGHT, ‘OH WOW, HOW GREAT.’

WELL AGAIN, WHAT IS IT NOW THAT PETER TELLS THEM IN VERSE 20? HE SAYS, “‘YOUR MONEY PERISHES WITH YOU, BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT THAT THE GIFT OF GOD COULD BE PURCHASED WITH MONEY! YOU HAVE NEITHER PART NOR PORTION IN THIS MATTER, FOR YOUR HEART IS NOT RIGHT IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. REPENT THEREFORE OF THIS WICKEDNESS, AND PRAY GOD IF PERHAPS THE THOUGHT OF YOUR HEART MAY BE FORGIVEN. FOR I SEE THAT YOU ARE POISONED BY BITTERNESS AND BOUND BY INIQUITY.’” WHAT IS IT THAT THE PETER TELLS HIM? THE DESIRE THAT YOU HAVE IS AN IMPROPER DESIRE AND UNGODLY DESIRE AND UNSANCTIONED DESIRE. SOMETHING THAT IS WRONG. AND THEREFORE HE SAYS YOU NEED TO DO WHAT? REPENT! NOT REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED AGAIN. NOT REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED AND CONFESSING AGAIN. NO. HE'S ALREADY A CHRISTIAN. NOW HE IS ERRING. HOW DO WE KNOW THAT? SEE, THE DENOMINATIONAL FOLKS MIGHT SAY, ‘WELL, THIS PERSON WASN'T REALLY SAVED.’ YOU DON'T TO BE BAPTIZED AGAIN. HE TELLS THEM TO REPENT. AND THEN GUESS WHAT IT IS THAT SIMON ASKS? OH PLEASE BAPTIZE ME AGAIN! OH PLEASE ALLOW ME TO CONFESS AGAIN! NO, WHAT SIMON ACTUALLY SAYS IN VERSE 24 IS THIS, “‘PRAY TO THE LORD FOR ME, THAT NONE OF THESE THINGS YOU'VE SPOKEN WILL COME UPON ME.’” WHAT DID HE UNDERSTAND? THAT NOW AS A CHRISTIAN I CAN REPENT OF MY SINS AND PEOPLE CAN PRAY FOR ME AND I CAN RECEIVE THAT FORGIVENESS THE SAME WAY THAT FIRST JOHN CHAPTER 1 INDICATES. THE BLOOD OF JESUS WILL CONTINUALLY CLEANSE THE RIGHTEOUS WHO ARE PENITENT OF THEIR SINS.

OH YOU SEE THE BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF A MAN WHO REALLY HAD A FEW STRIKES AGAINST HIM TO START OUT BECAUSE HE ALREADY WAS PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT ARROGANT AND PEOPLE LIKED HIS SHOWMANSHIP, HIS MAGIC TRICKS AND SUCH. AND NOW WHEN HE SEES REAL POWER HE WANTS THAT BECAUSE REALLY THAT'S WHAT HIS LIFE HAS BEEN ABOUT BUT IT'S BEEN ABOUT FAKE THINGS AND HE WANTS THE REAL THINGS. BUT WHAT I LOVE ABOUT SIMON IS THAT AFTER HE IS TOLD THAT HIS ATTITUDE IS UNGODLY, HE REPENTS. HE ASKS FOR PRAYERS AND HE CORRECTS IT.

YOU SEE WHAT IT IS THAT WE MUST DO AS CHRISTIANS AND NOT ONLY KNOWING JESUS BUT BECOMING FAITHFUL TO GOD? AND REALLY IT IS SOMETIMES THE HARDEST PART. LEARNING WHAT IT MEANS TO CONTINUE FAITHFULLY WITH GOD. BEING A FAITHFUL CHRISTIAN, NOT JUST BECOMING A CHRISTIAN. SOMETIMES THAT IS THE EASY PART. LEARNING WHAT IT IS THESE ACTS THAT WE'VE LOOKED AT AND THAT ARE REQUIRED THAT GOD MIGHT ADD YOU TO THE CHURCH. THAT SOMETIMES AGAIN IS THE EASY PART. THE DIFFICULT PART IS APPLYING IT IN OUR DAILY LIVES AND MAKING SURE THAT ALL OF OUR WORDS, ALL OF OUR ACTIONS ARE ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD.

AND SO I MIGHT ASK YOU TO CONSIDER YOURSELF TODAY WHEN YOU CONSIDER WHAT SHOULD I DO? ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE THE SAME RESPONSE AS SIMON? THAT YOU CONFESS YOUR SINS OR REPENT OF THOSE SINS? YOU EVEN GIVE THE NAME OF JESUS WHOLEHEARTEDLY AND THAT YOU ARE BAPTIZED. AND THEN IF YOU FIND WRONG OR ERROR IN YOUR LIFE ARE YOU GOING TO CORRECT THAT AND GET RIGHT WITH GOD? MAKE SURE THAT YOU DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO SUBMIT FULLY TO GOD KNOWING THAT THOSE WHO DO WILL RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE IN THE END.



CLOSING COMMENTS

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ISN’T IT WONDERFUL TO SEE THE HUMILITY AND SUBMISSION THAT MANY WERE WILLING TO SHOW IN NEW TESTAMENT TIMES? MAY WE ALL LEARN AS WELL TO HUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE A MIGHTY GOD AND TO SUBMIT FULLY TO HIS PERFECT WILL KNOWING THAT THOSE WHO DO WILL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE!