God is so cool. Just SO cool.
I’ve been reading through Acts, and it’s been opening up my eyes to so much of His glory.
Acts chapter 8 talks about Simon the sorcerer. He had bewitched the people of Samaria (pardon the pun), amazing them with his magic, and ALL followed him. Not just some people; the chapter says ALL the people, no matter their status or rank, were amazed by his power and would go to great lengths to see his sorcery, and gave him honor and praise. They called him the “Great power of God”. In the original greek, this literally refers to the same power that created the World. They basically called him God. I think we could safely say this is idolatry, or just really missing the boat while looking for the messiah.
But in comes Phillip to Samaria, who shares the gospel. All the people abandon their witchcraft and turn to Jesus. Even Simon! Praise God!
And THEN, in come Peter and John who start laying hands on people to receive the Holy Spirit. Now this is beautiful in itself, receiving the gift of the helper and comforter, the guide and indwelling Spirit. How wonderful for those believers! I always imagined this event to be peaceful and fulfilling, nothing flashy.
But next comes Simon’s reaction to seeing people receive the gift of the Holy Spirit:
“When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” (v. 18-19)
Let’s think about that for a minute: A man who people ascribed to have the very POWER of GOD, that same power that created the world, would be willing to PAY for the ability to minister the gift of the Holy Spirit to others?
This tells me that this gift must be way more supernatural than I ever imagined it to be in this portion of scripture, that a sorcerer who lived to amaze people with his magic and miraculous sights would PAY Peter and John for the ability to give the Holy Spirit. It must have been quite a wondrous thing to behold. (More Acts 2, fire, tongues, miracles, you get the picture. Even though it’s not directly noted, SOMETHING must have happened for Simon to react this way.)
Consider this: we are living in the same gifting, and serving the same Savior! He has given us that same gift of His Spirit, and we can be waking in that same miraculous anointing. Have you asked for Him to show His Spirit to you just as He showed it to Simon?
Today, I would challenge you to ask. He is an amazingly miraculous God, and He wants to act in your life in a supernaturally real way.
How cool is that!?