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Simonthe Magician

Allthrough the millennia, since the ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven,churches have continued changing lives, continued growing, andcontinued influencing the contemporary world and up to the modernera, the most progressive civilizations have been controlled by menwho followed and believed in the commands of Jesus. Simon theMagician, also known as the Simon Magus, who is mentioned in Acts 8(the New Testament of the Scripture), was one person who desired thepower of taking advantage and control of several other individuals.

UnderstandingSorcery

Sorceryis the other name for witchcraft or magic. It is a way of workingwitchcraft with the help of evil spirits or the devil. Such apractice is particularly prohibited by the Lord. Simon the Magicianhas “bewitched” the Samarian people with his mystic acts for along duration (Acts 8:9, 11).

Simony

Inthe time of Philip, the Bible tells us that most of the people thathe baptized had not been bestowed with the Holy Spirit by feeling ofa hand touch from any one of the apostles. Simony is term that bestdescribes the happening in which there occurs either the sell or theacquisitioning through buying, of either an ecclesiastical power or agiven position of the church.

Sorceryvs. the Gospel

Thesorcerer was trying to deceive the Proconsul. Paul intervened throughcursing the sorcerer and condemning his actions hence turning him toblind. To counter the sorcerers, The Almighty granted his subjectsthe capability to perform miracles through the Holy Spirit.

Extra-BiblicalAccounts

Inan array of firsthand writers from the Christian community, theymention Simon the sorcerer often. According to Irenaeus, Simon hadspent much money in buying of a hooker. Through her, Helena being thename, Simon brought the idea of establishing the angels.

Conclusionand Lessons Learnt

Eventhough it is hard to understand with surety whether these legendsregarding Simon Magus are real, there is a guaranteed scripturallesson for everybody. Actually, God wants us to serve Him fully inour deeds and thoughts. We cannot have double-minds, trying to servethe Lord while living a worldly life (Matthew 6:24) (James 4:8).

Bibliography

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Bruce,F. F. “Holy Spirit in the Acts of the Apostles.” Interpretation27,no. 2 (April 1973): 166-183

Constable,Thomas L. “Notes of Acts.” Dr.Constable’s Expository Notes.(2014)

Harm,Fredrick R. “Structural Elements Related to the Gift of the HolySpirit in Acts.” ConcordiaJournal 14,no. 1 (January 1988): 28-41

Roberts,R.L. “The Gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).” RestorationQuarterly 4,no. 4 (1960): 234-238.

Turner,Max. “The Work of the Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts.” Word&ampWorld 23.no. 2 (Spring 2003): 146-153.

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