A Confrontation with Evil

Acts 8:5
Author: Philip Harrelson
Topics: Ananias, Sapphira
Series: Acts - Life in the Spirit, Bible Study Series


Acts 8:5-13 KJV  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 with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.


As we advance in this study of the book of Acts, we now enter into an area that we shall see the impact of evil in a society.  Up to this point the evil that has been confronted has been subtle.  Those who have persecuted the early believers have been motivated by the devil but it hasn’t been the outright and active demonstration of the demonic like they had faced when Jesus was moving about in His earthly ministry.  The devil had taken advantage of Ananias and Sapphira and caused them to fall to the temptation of lying to the Holy Ghost but there wasn’t the manifestation of unclean spirits.

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