Tamryn Klintworth – December JOY! Article

– by Tamryn Klintworth

We read about Simon the sorcerer in Acts 8. “This man is the great power of God,” people professed. Note the difference between someone who is a vessel through which the power of God flows versus someone claiming this power is theirs. Simon clearly did the latter. Acts 8:9 tells us that he claimed to be someone great. The power is not ours but His – and our confidence is in Him! Obviously, the people were deceived by thinking Simon was moving in the power of God. Rather, he was tapping into the demonic. 

Happily, Simon was converted through the preaching of Philip. After he had accepted Jesus, he witnessed the apostles praying for people to be baptised with the Spirit. “Let me have this power too,” he exclaimed, “so that when I lay my hands on people, they will receive the Holy Spirit!” We can see that Simon did not understand that the believer does not possess the Spirit; rather, the Spirit possesses the believer. Being baptised in the Spirit is described on numerous occasions in Scripture as a gift. Peter responds, “‘Your money will perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!’” Receiving the gift does not result in us possessing the gift, but rather in the gift possessing us. The Spirit is in charge. We must simply co-operate with Him!

JOY! Magazine (December 2017)

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