Acts 8:4-24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Philip in Samaria
4 Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word. 5 Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming Christ to them. 6 The crowds with one accord were giving attention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the signs which he was performing. 7 For in the case of many who had unclean spirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice; and many who had been paralyzed and lame were healed. 8 So there was much rejoicing in that city.
9 Now there was a man named Simon, who formerly was practicing magic in the city and astonishing the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great; 10 and they all, from smallest to greatest, were giving attention to him, saying, “This man is what is called the Great Power of God.” 11 And they were giving him attention because he had for a long time astonished them with his magic arts. 12 But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike. 13 Even Simon himself believed; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he observed signs and great miracles taking place, he was constantly amazed.
14 Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, 15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit. 18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give this authority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! 21 You have no part or portion in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. 22 Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bondage of iniquity.” 24 But Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”
When reading through acts we come across this story of the Evangelist ( not the apostle Philip ) coming to Samaria escaping the wrath of Paul. While there he begins to so signs and wonders among the lost and many see it and are amazed and they get baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and to receive the gift of the holy spiritual ( Acts 2:38 ).
One of those who repents and is baptized is a witch named Simon who apparently had his own knack for some supernatural power or gimmick to deceive them that he did. However it seems that Phillips message of Jesus and the Kingdom of God gets through to him.
The news gets back to the apostles in Jerusalem and they send Peter to the Samaritans where Philip has been preforming miracles and baptizing many into a Christ. Simon then sees that the apostles can do something Philip could not do and that’s lay on their hands and then that person has the power of the Holy Spirit. He tried to purchase it and is rebuked by Peter because Simon wanted that same power as well.
It makes me wonder if that was part of the story to the parable , or story, Jesus taught about not all who calls on his name will be saved.
Matthew 7:21-23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles ( or works of power ) ?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
There are read of people who had the ability to preform miracles in the name of God yet they were not his disciples. Seems like that could have turned out to become the situation with Simon it he did not repent but I assumed he did.
My questions are basically does that story play any part in your theology concerning the powers the apostles had that others did not and it’s effect on modern day disciples.