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Peter and Simon the Magician (Acts 8: 4-25)

  • Peter was the first disciple to be called by Jesus.
  • He was later appointed by Jesus to lead the church.

  • Jesus described Peter as the rock upon which he would build the church.

  • Peter announced and supervised the replacement of Judas Iscariot with Mathias.

  • His first speech was on the day of Pentecost.

  • Due to the persecution of the disciples in Jerusalem, many ran to Judea, Samaria for refuge.

  • Among the disciples that ran to Samaria was Philip.

  • By the power of the Holy Ghost, Philip did excellently well.

  • He performed signs and wonders and even cast out demons and unclean spirits.
  • A man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great.
  • People followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. 
  • But when the people and Simon met Philip, they believed and were baptized by Philip. Simon followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw. 
  • Peter was invited to Samaria to support the good works Philip was doing there.

  • On his visit, Peter encountered Simon the magician.
  • Simon the magician saw the tremendous works of the Holy Spirit, through the laying of hands of Peter and John.

  • Simon the magician offered money to Peter, to be given the same power to call down the Holy Spirit.

  • Peter condemned his evil thoughts and desires.

  • “Your silver perishes with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!” 

  • Simon the magician realized his mistake, and begged Peter to intercede for him before God.