Friday, July 12 2024

Bible Reading for: July 6

Acts 8:9–25

What do you think of Simon the poser? Do you know alleged Christians like him? Are you an alleged Christian like him? I hope not friend. I hope not.

Brothers, I’m afraid the folks at work wanted me to earn my money today so I have little time left now to provide an in-depth comment for today’s reading. We read today, however, of a shady character and I’d love to hear your thoughts about the man. Please give me your thoughts in the comment section for today’s post on my blog.

So as to not leave you completely on your own, I’ll give you just a snippet of what J. Vernon McGee had to say about him and leave today’s post at that.

Acts 8:13 ESV
“Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed.”

“Simon believes, he is baptized, and he becomes a friend of Philip. You would certainly think he was a real child of God. However, he is not converted. We will see that there are also others who are professing believers, but they are not born again. They have the head knowledge, they go along with the crowd, but they are not saved. Although they have been baptized with water, they have not been baptized into the church of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit.

There are a great many people like that today. I receive many letters from people who have told me that since they have been studying the Bible along with our program, they have begun to examine their faith. Many have come to realize that they have just been following along with someone else and that they have not been genuinely, personally converted. Paul says, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves …” (2 Cor. 13:5). It is a very good thing to check yourself. See whether you are in the faith or not.

This man Simon had all the outward trappings. He answered that he did believe in Jesus, and so he was baptized. But it was not a genuine faith.”

McGee, J. V. (1997). Thru the Bible commentary (electronic ed.). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Victorem Vivere! (Live Victorious!)

Your brother and servant in Christ,
Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

Alternate Reading Plans
Bible Order: Psalms 114-118
Chronological Order: 2 Kings 12-13, 2 Chronicles 24
Old Testament Only: 2 Chronicles 30–32

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