But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria…
Simon an example of the kind of deceivers under whose spell the ancient world was taken captive. Samaria half heathen. "Salvation is of the Jews" (cf. John 4.). A striking instance showing that a dim twilight of knowledge is the condition favorable to the growth of falsehood and superstition. They would not have given heed to Simon had they studied the whole Scripture. Yet the gospel found a ready soil because the true wonders could be opposed to the false.
I. THE STATE OF THE WORLD APART FROM CHRIST. Given up to "strong delusion to believe lies."
1. Abuse of human learning and philosophy. Simon probably versed in ancient lore.
2. The distinction between sorcery and marc and true science, and the wonders of human progress, has been the fruit of Christian teaching and the development of the kingdom of God. 3. The signs of man's birthright still traceable in his degrading bondage. Subjection to the power of God. Readiness to worship. Idea of a Divine kingdom.
II. THE VICTORY OF THE TRUTH OVER THE FALSEHOOD,
1. Good tidings - liberty, peace, joy - " without money and without price."
2. Power manifested. This is the true kingdom, not such as Simon pretended to show.
3. Subjugation of all - even Simon himself. As in Egypt, the miracles of God are infinitely more wonderful than the deceits of the false teachers. So let us learn confidence in the gospel message. We may yet bring the very deceivers themselves to the feet of Christ. The world will be amazed as the gospel reveals its power. "Have faith in God." - R.
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