Today's bible teaching: Even Simon the magician believed the Apostles and after being baptized, became devoted to Philip; and when he saw the signs and mighty deeds that were occurring, he was astounded.

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Acts of the Apostles Chapter 8 Vs 1-25

 1Now Saul was consenting to his execution.a

Persecution of the Church. On that day, there broke out a severe persecution* of the church in Jerusalem, and all were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.*2Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him.3Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the church;* entering house after house and dragging out men and women, he handed them over for imprisonment.b

Philip in Samaria.4Now those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.c5Thus Philip went down to [the] city of Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah to them.d6With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing.7For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice, came out of many possessed people, and many paralyzed and crippled people were cured.e8There was great joy in that city.

Simon the Magician.9A man named Simon used to practice magic* in the city and astounded the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great.10All of them, from the least to the greatest, paid attention to him, saying, "This man is the 'Power of God' that is called 'Great.'"11They paid attention to him because he had astounded them by his magic for a long time,12but once they began to believe Philip as he preached the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, men and women alike were baptized.f13Even Simon himself believed and, after being baptized, became devoted to Philip; and when he saw the signs and mighty deeds that were occurring, he was astounded.

14Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John,15who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the holy Spirit,16for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.*17Then they laid hands on them and they received the holy Spirit.g

18* When Simon saw that the Spirit was conferred by the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money19and said, "Give me this power too, so that anyone upon whom I lay my hands may receive the holy Spirit."20But Peter said to him, "May your money perish with you, because you thought that you could buy the gift of God with money.21You have no share or lot in this matter, for your heart is not upright before God.22Repent of this wickedness of yours and pray to the Lord that, if possible, your intention may be forgiven.23For I see that you are filled with bitter gall and are in the bonds of iniquity."24Simon said in reply, "Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."25So when they had testified and proclaimed the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem and preached the good news to many Samaritan villages.

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