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19-ACTS 8:5-17

PHILIP PREACHED CHRIST
Acts 8:5-17
Acts 8:5-17 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.  (6) And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.  (7) For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.  (8) And there was great joy in that city.  (9) But there was a certain 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:  (10) To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.  (11) And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.  (12) But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.  (13) Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.  (14) Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:  (15) Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:  (16) (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)  (17) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

NOTICE THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS IN THIS RECORD OF THE OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT UPON THE SAMARITAN BELIEVERS.

  1. Philip preached the Gospel of the kingdom…God confirmed the Word with signs and wonders – v5-7; Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
  2. Many Samaritans –
  3. received the Word of God - v14.
  4. believed on Jesus - v12.
  5. were healed and delivered from unclean spirits - v7.
  6. were baptized in water - v12-13.
  7. experienced salvation.
  8. received the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit.
  9. and the power of the kingdom of God - v12.
  10. Yet, the Holy Spirit had not FALLEN UPON any of them after their conversion and having been baptized in water -- v16.
  11. In the days following the Samaritans conversion –
  12. Peter and John came to Samaria.
  13. and prayed that the Holy Spirit might fall upon the new converts - v14-15.
  14. There was a definite interval between –
  15. their conversion to Christ.
  16. and their reception of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit -- v16-17, cp 2:4 (Acts 2:4 ASV) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
  17. the Samaritans reception of the Holy Spirit follows the pattern of the disciples Pentecostal experience.
  18. External manifestations [tongues & prophecy] must have accompanied their reception of the Holy Spirit.

v6 - THE MIRACLES WHICH HE DID.

  1. Christ's promise to use signs and miracles to confirm the preaching of the Word was not limited to just the apostles (Mark 16:15-16 ASV) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. {16} He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.
  2. Christ promises that their converts [THOSE THAT BELIEVE the Word] will perform miracles in the name of Jesus such as –
  3. casting out demons (Mark 16:17 ASV) And these signs shall accompany them that believe: in my name shall they cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues;
  4. and healing the sick (Mark 16:18 ASV) they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall in no wise hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
  5. This is exactly what Philip did.

THE SAMARITANS FULLY MET THE CONDITIONS FOR SALVATION AND WERE CHRISTIANS BEFORE THE SPIRIT CAME UPON THEM.

  1. They BELIEVED and were BAPTIZED.
  2. Two facts make it clear that the faith of the Samaritans was genuine saving faith –
  3. both Philip [v12] and the apostles [v14] considered the Samaritans faith to be valid.
  4. the Samaritans publicly committed themselves to Christ by water baptism.
  5. Scripture affirms that “HE THAT BELIEVETH AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED” (Mark 16:16 ASV) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.
  6. Thus, they were regenerated and indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:9-10 ASV) But ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. But if any man hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. {10} And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the spirit is life because of righteousness.

WHEN THE SAMARITANS RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT SEVERAL DAYS LATER [v17] IT WAS NOT FOR SALVATION.

  1. It was rather receiving of the Holy Spirit as the disciples did at Pentecost – Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
  2. To equip them with power for service and witness – Acts 1:8; 2:4. Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
  3. Luke uses the term RECEIVE THE SPIRIT primarily in an empowering sense – Acts 1:8; 2:38; 8:17; 10:47; 19:2. Acts 2:38  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.—Acts 10:47  Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?—Acts 19:2  He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
  4. But not in the sense of regeneration – Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. — John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. — John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.

SOME HAVE TAUGHT THAT THE FAITH OF THE SAMARITANS WAS NOT A SAVING AND REGENERATING FAITH.

  1. But it is unreasonable to believe that Philip a man full of faith, wisdom and the Holy Spirit would baptize, heal and cast demons out of people whose faith he considered was not genuine nor saving.

v16 - "HE WAS FALLEN UPON NONE OF THEM."

  1. The Spirit had not yet fallen upon any of them in the same way as –
  2. He descended on the believers on the day of Pentecost – 2:4.
  3. He had not yet come upon them as the Father had promised -- v14.
  4. and as Christ had foretold when He said YE SHALL BE BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY GHOST – v5.
  5. It is evident that they had not demonstrated the expected spiritual manifestations-especially divinely inspired utterances – Acts 8:5-24.

v17 - THEY RECEIVED THE HOLY GHOST.

  1. Through the laying on of the apostle’s hands - the Samaritans received the Holy Spirit in the same sense as the Baptism in the Spirit that occurred at Pentecost – 1:8; 2:4.
  2. The Samaritans "TWO-STAGE" experience, just as the believers at Pentecost experienced, was the normal.
  3. the experience of both Paul [Acts 9:5-17] and the Ephesian disciples [Acts 19:1-6] were the same as the Samaritans.
  4. they first accepted Christ as Lord and LATER were filled with the Holy Spirit.
  5. but there need not be a long time lapse, however, between saving faith and Baptism in the Holy Spirit -- the Gentiles at Caesarea -- Acts 10.

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