Acts 8:18 (KJV) And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
Acts 8:19 (KJV) Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
Acts 8:20 (KJV) But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
Acts 8:21 (KJV) Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
Acts 8:22 (KJV) Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
Acts 8:23 (KJV) For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and [in] the bond of iniquity.

The Apostle Peter’s rebuke and admonition to Simon Magus is very telling. “Thy money perish with thee…” Earlier in the Chapter, we see that Simon Magus “believed.” Yet, the Apostle saw that Simon’s “belief” was only superficial. He had not truly believed in his heart unto salvation.

I wonder how many believers are perishing, just as Simon Magus was perishing? How many seek after signs and wonders instead of the Lord Jesus Christ?

Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

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