Thursday 15 November, 2012

Acts 8:14-25

14 The apostles in Jerusalem heard that people in Samaria had accepted God’s word. So they sent Peter and John to them. 15 When they arrived there, they prayed that the believers would receive the Holy Spirit. 16 The Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them. And they received the Holy Spirit. 18 Simon watched as the apostles placed their hands on them. He saw that the Spirit was given to them. So he offered money to Peter and John. 19 He said, “Give me this power too. Then everyone I place my hands on will receive the Holy Spirit.” 20 Peter answered, “May your money be destroyed with you! Do you think you can buy God’s gift with money? 21 You have no part or share in this holy work. Your heart is not right with God. 22 Turn away from this evil sin of yours. Pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 I see that you are very bitter. You are a prisoner of sin.” 24 Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me. Pray that nothing you have said will happen to me.” 25 Peter and John gave witness and preached the Lord’s word. Then they returned to Jerusalem. On the way they preached the good news in many villages in Samaria.

The believers in Samaria were sent Peter and John when they heard about their salvation. Responsive action. Word groups like “as soon as” convey an urgency and responsiveness. When they arrived – the New Living Translation says “as soon as” they arri

ved – they laid hands them and prayed for them to receive cheap celebrex the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. No time to waste – the power of God needs to be released into these believers lives so they can bring a witness to the living God who has saved them.

The result is immediate – Simon “sees” evidence of the Holy Spirit in their lives and foolishly thinks it is a product that can be purchased. He is corrected.

For me I am reminded of 2 important issues. I need to carry a sense of urgency about imparting by the laying on of hands, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit into the lives of believers, both new and existing, as there will be tangible evidence of God’s power released in their lives. AND I need to guard my heart against the tendency to think that the power of God, the gifts of God, can be purchased by anything I have or I do.

Lord, I am chastened by the word to Simon – as it is only too easy to think if I serve you better, or if I do that for You – then You will, (or perhaps I think you should) give me something I want. God – keep reminding me that it is the baptism of your Holy Spirit that brings life changing power in my life and is witness to your greatness and goodness to the people around me who don’t know you, yet…

Written by Ps. Linda Quinn

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