8Â And Saul approved of their killing him.
The Church Persecuted and Scattered
On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2Â Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3Â But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.
Philip in Samaria
4Â Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. 5Â Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. 6Â When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7Â For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8Â So there was great joy in that city.
9Â Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10Â and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, â€œThis man is rightly called the Great Power of God.â€ 11Â They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. 12Â But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.13Â Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.
14Â When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. 15Â When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit,16Â because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17Â Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18Â When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostlesâ€™ hands, he offered them money 19Â and said, â€œGive me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.â€
20Â Peter answered: â€œMay your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21Â You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22Â Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23Â For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.â€
24Â Then Simon answered, â€œPray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.â€
25Â After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.
- June 15, 2013 Be Baptized with the Holy Spirit (dailymannablog.wordpress.com)