April 18, 2021
Subject: Something That Money Can’t Buy
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.
18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
Matthew 16:33, 1 Samuel 15:22, Matthew 7:22-23, 1 Timothy 6:10, Isaiah 55:1, Psalm 51:16, 2 Kings 5:15-16, Daniel 5:17, Psalm 49:6-7
1. Why was Peter needed even though Phillip had been converting souls through baptism?
2. If Simon was a believer, why did he offer money for the ability to give others the Holy Ghost?
3. If money answereth all things (Ecclesiastes 10:19), why can’t it buy the Holy Ghost?
What is true humility? And why do many people who have great possessions lack humility?