MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Location: file:///C:/89025581/gospelinsamaria.htm Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset="us-ascii" The Gospel In Samaria

The Gospe= l In Samari= a

Introduction text: Acts 8:5-13=

 

After the resurrection, Jesus outlined to the apostles His plan of proce= dure in the evangelization of he world.  In Acts 1:8 we read: “8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come up= on you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusa= lem, and in all Judaea, and in Sama= ria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

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Accordin= gly, the apostles having received the Holy Spirit, be= gan on the first Pentecost after the ascension in the city of Jerusalem, the great work of carrying t= he gospel throughout the entire world. The city which had denied and crucified Jesus was the first to hear His claims vindicated. God in His great mercy, = sent first to the men who had crucified the Christ the glad tiding of salvation.= The Jews thought that Jesus was an imposter, they di= d not think He would rise from the dead. They above all, could test the facts of = the gospel,

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They heard Peter preach the gospel and on that day: And we read in Acts 2= :40-41

= 40And with many other w= ords did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.41Then they that gladly received his word were baptiz= ed: and the someday there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

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The gosp= el spread over Jerusalem until it provoked hatred and bitter persecution at the hands of the Jews. In Acts8:1

= 1And Saul was consenti= ng unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they we= re all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles= .

Then in Acts 8:4-5….4Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.5<= /sup>ThenPhilip went down to the city of Samar= ia, and preached Christ unto them.=

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Under ordinary conditions a Jew would not likely have do= ne this. For be it remembered, that the Jews have no dealings with Samaritans (John 4:9). The Jews and Samaritans were related both in respect to religion and blood, yet differed in both enough to be at arms one with the other.  Philip was carrying out his marching orders—

First Jerusalem, Judea,= Samaria,, and the uttermost part of the earth. Great success crowned the labors of Phillip in Samaria= , Luke records these in Acts 8:12

12But when they believed Philip preaching the thi= ngs concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.<= o:p>

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These wh= o had long time been in the grips of religious error and under the spell of sorce= ry, the WORD had been proclaimed. Even Simon who had long time amazed this peop= le with his sorcery, believed and was baptized..   Acts 8:13<= /p>

All that is known with certainty of this Simon is recorded here in Acts8:9-24

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Josephus= , the noted Jewish historian, tells of a Simon who was employed by Felix the Roman procurator, as a magician to persuade Drusilla, wife of king Azizus to leave her own husband and marry him. This Simon, a Jew, born = in Cyprus, though a pretended magician could = hardly have been identical with the Simon of Acts for Justin Martyr a Christian wr= iter from Samaria, states that Simon was also a Samaritan.

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There we= re many who wore the name Simon in the early days of the church. Therefore we = must be content to know about this Simon, only what L= uke has recorded for us. Luke reveals, Acts8:9-11

= 9But there was a certa= in 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= :10Towhom they all gave heed, from the leas= t to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.11And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.

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It is difficult to arrive at the correct meaning of the word "sorcerer"= as used here. Adam Clarke says: "Our word sorcerer, from the French sorcier, which from the Latin sors, … a lot, signifies the using of lots to draw passages concerning the future.&quo= t; A custom that prevailed in all countries, and was practiced w= ith great variety.  The wor= d used in the Greek text: [mageuvw= ] Vincent states:  "Used only her= e in the New Testament. One of the wizards so numerous throughout the East at th= at time, and multiplied by the general expectation of a great deliverer and the spread of the Messianic notions of the Jews who practiced upon the credulit= y of the people by conjuring and juggling and soothsaying."=

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At any rate, it seems the sorcerer stood ready to render any kind of service profitable.  And a well establishe= d sorcerer enjoyed a profitable business in Acts 1616

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= 16And it came to pass, = as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met = us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:.<= /p>

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And the magicians at Ephesus seem to have prospered in the practice of magical arts until they came under the influence of Paul's preaching. This wrought such a change that we read = in Acts19:19

= 19Many of them also whi= ch used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all = men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.20So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

 

Simon then, in all likely hood,, found in the practice a great source of gain, but he like other magicians w= as destined to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to see the power of the Ho= ly Spirit which was much greater than he could offer in pretense.  13Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.”  Acts 8:13

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Luke the writer of Acts delights in recounting the conflicts and victories of the early church in Acts chapter 2 relates the victory of the gospel over Judaism, In Acts 8;1-13 he tell how the arts of = the sorcerer were swept away by the onslaughts of the gospel.  And in Acts17 Luke gives us the cl= assic meeting of Christianity and heathen philosophy. There the Epicureans and St= oics suffer at the hands of gospel preaching.

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Philip won a decisive victory in Samaria. He preached not himself, but Christ.  T= he wonders he wrought were not trickery, not performed to entertain, but genui= nely confirm the gospel he preached was from the God of Heaven.  The people of Samaria, though longtime amazed by the magical tricks of Simon, hear Philip preach.

= 12But when they believed Philip preaching the thi= ngs concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.<= o:p>

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In Acts 8:4  just= after the stoning of Stephen,  the B= ible tells us the all the Jerusalem= church went everywhere "Pre= aching The Word." That's the very thing that Paul bade Timothy preach.  And the next verse= Acts 8:5 says: "And Philip = (an inspired evangelist) went down to t= he city of Samaria and preached Christ unto them."   He was one of the Jerusalem members= . They had scattered, going everywhere preaching the word, but he preach= ed unto them Jesus.

 

 Well was that something different f= rom what the others were proclaiming? Of course not Acts8:12

But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the nam= e of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.   And then i= n verse27  Philip<= /span> is instructed to met with the secretary of treasury of Queen Candace's government, sat and   = 220;preached to him Jesus. ”Acts 8= :35

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 Paul wrote a large part of the New Testament: In those writings, four letters are= addressed  to individuals. One short letter addressed to Philemon, another to Titus, then= the other two addressed to Timothy, his son in the faith, and close companion. = In the latter part of the of 2 Timothy There is this statement.   2 Timothy3:1= 4-17:

 14But continue thou in the things which thou has learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;15And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to ma= ke thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in ChristJesus.16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, f= or reproof, for correction, for instruction inrighteousness:17That = the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works<= /i>.

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Look at the all-sufficiency of the scriptures as here announced. Profitable are the scriptures<= /u>,16for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousn= ess:17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.   You can't name another thing that t= he human family needs but is incorporated in one of those statements. Hence Pa= ul said that all Scriptures were inspired of God.  The following charge is based upon the all sufficiency of the scriptures. 2 Tim= othy 4:1-8

1I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jes= us Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and hisking= dom;2Preach the word; be instant in season, ou= t of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;= 4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables”.   <= /i>The only solution for humanity today is to follow this charge Paul gave Timothy.  Hear it again.= ,…

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But back to the story of Simon, Acts8:18-19

= 18And when Simon saw th= at through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered themmoney,19Saying, Give me a= lso this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

 

Simon who unlike the apostle Paul, failed to forget the things which were behind, and press forward to things ahead (Philippians 3:13) Not giving the more earnest heed, for if he had, he would not have fallen.  He seems now to have thought of th= e laying on of hands in terms of his past life as a sorcerer….He could commercialize the power of imparting the Holy Spirit, perhaps as he h= ad done with the trick she used as a magician only with great remuneration. Si= mon stumbled grievously, but not hopelessly.&n= bsp; Acts 8:20-24

 

20But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with = thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.= 21Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.22Repenttherefore of this thy wickedness, and pray = God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.23For= I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniqui= ty.24Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these th= ings which ye have spoken come upon me.

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 Whether he was = restored or not, is not revealed, perhaps hinted that he did. But this raises= a question. "If men once saved= are always save, why so many admonitions to stand?"  Notice Ephesians6:13-14

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= 13Wherefore take unto y= ou the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore….    If a Christian cannot fall, why command him to stand?   I= f the saved cannot fall, why the warnings against falling?= 12Wherefore let him that thinketh he s= tandeth take heed lest he fall.”  1 Corinthians 10:12

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 If it is impossible for those once = in grace to fall, why are we told of those who did fall from grace"  Galatian= s5:1-4

= 1Stand fast therefore = in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with= the yoke of bondage.2Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.3For I testify agai= n to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.4Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law;= ye are fallen from grace.

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The thing need today is the gospel message that Phillip preached in <= st1:City w:st=3D"on">Samaria….  When that is done, the results will be the same a= s in Samaria12But when th= ey believed Philip preaching the things concerning the = kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

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This con= forms to the preaching order by Jesus Mark 16:15-16

15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.16He that believeth an= d is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

 

c= ontact:: Ron Cope minister =

e= mail:  RonCope@chestnutmtchur= chofchrist.com

phone:  (678)617-9658

 

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