Today’s Church September 1, 1968
Acts 8 – Expository teaching on Acts 8 about Saul,
Philip, and Simon and a salvation teaching
SNT – 215
Publication Date: 09-01-1968
Victor Paul Wierwille was a Bible scholar and teacher for over four decades.
By means of Dr. Wierwille's dynamic teaching of the accuracy and integrity of God's Word, foundational class and advanced class graduates of Power for Abundant Living have learned that the one great requirement for every student of the Bible is to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Thus, his presentation of the Word of God was designed for students who desire the in-depth-accuracy of God’s Word.
In his many years of research, Dr. Wierwille studied with such men as Karl Barth, E. Stanley Jones, Glenn Clark, Bishop K.C. Pillai, and George M. Lamsa. His formal training included Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from Mission House (Lakeland) College and Seminary. He studied at the University of Chicago and at Princeton Theological Seminary from which he received a Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. Later he completed his work for the Doctor of Theology degree.
Dr. Wierwille taught the first class on Power for Abundant Living in 1953.
Books by Dr. Wierwille include: Are the Dead Alive Now? published in 1971; Receiving the Holy Spirit Today published in 1972; five volumes of Studies in Abundant Living— The Bible Tells Me So (1971), The New, Dynamic Church (1971), The Word's Way (1971), God's Magnified Word (1977), Order My Steps in Thy Word (1985); Jesus Christ Is Not God (1975); Jesus Christ Our Passover (1980); and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed (1982).
Dr. Wierwille researched God's Word, taught, wrote, and traveled worldwide, holding forth the accuracy of God's "wonderful, matchless" Word.
(Act 7:58, 59); Act 8:1
Act 8:6, 7; (Phi 4:13)
Act 8:13-20; 2:1-4
Act 8:21-24; Rom 10:17, 12-14, 9; Eph 2:8
SUMMARY KEYWORDS: God, people, word, Simon, Samaria, verse, preaching, believed, Philip, miracles, manifestation, persecution, declared, confess, speak, tonight, spirit, Saul, lord, Christ
The Book of Acts chapter eight on this special Labor Day, Sunday evening with all the college age students that have been in here and I will continue to be here through Labor Day.
There's a record here in the eighth chapter of the book of Acts, which speaks loudly to our day into our time. For those people who have ears to hear, and eyes with which to see, and who are cognizant, spiritually, of what is happening in our communities, in our state in our nation. This record from Acts chapter eight, will speak rather loudly.
According to the record of chapter seven, Stephen had been taken out in stone. And it's a time of the stoning of Stephen. When they cast him out of the city in stone deem
the witnesses to this stoning, laid down their clothes at a young man's speed whose name was Saul. Saul was his Hebrew name. Paul was his Greek name, same name only in Hebrew, it's Saul. In Greek, it's Paul. Saul had been trained at the feet of line of the greatest theologian of theologians of his day Gamaliel. Paul was a strict Pharisee. According to the law, he lived blamelessly he kept every segment of the law with the greatest of his ability. He was a highly educated man. In our society today, we were referred to him as a man who would hold a PhD. Not only was he well educated, he was well disciplined. Not only was he well disciplined, he was well convinced within himself, that he was doing God Almighty a favor when he cast his vote, or the stoning of Stephen. And when he stood there, and watch the stoning occur, he really felt within himself that while this man was being killed, he saw or Paul was doing God a favor by getting rid of him. And in chapter eight, verse one, it says, that Saul consented unto Stephens death. And sorrow was consenting unto his death. And at that time, there was a great persecution against the church, which was that Jerusalem persecutions do not occur the first day you come up with a new idea. But when that idea begins to permeate, when that idea takes hold, and people start believing in that idea, they will always persecute because Change never comes until you first have persecution. The Galileo's everyone else that has ever had an idea. Anyone who has dared to stand against the accepted principles or the status quo of society has always had to suffer persecution. And the people who have stood with that individual or stood with that group, when it was small, suffered persecution. In the early days of the Christian church, they spoke disparagingly of them by calling them followers of the way. It's what they call they would point their fingers at them and say, there's another person he's a follower of the way they called Jesus Christ had dared to declare that he was the weight, the TRUTH and the LIFE and that no man cometh unto the Father but by the easy. Remember the things that anyone would dare to say in that day I am the way today we no longer say it in our accepted media of religious society. We say today he is only one of the ways on the way because all you need to be as sincere and you'll make it no matter whether you believe in Hinduism Shintoism, Buddhism Brahm, ism, Taoism, Mohammed ism or any other ism, just as long as you're sincere in what you believe we're all headed the same way. That's not what Jesus declared. Jesus said, I am what the way he is not a way on the way, he is not something that you can just take one day and then turn over on some he either is the way areas, the word said. And he declared that he was the way and the only way. This is why it says there is no other way whereby anybody can be saved except through the Lord Jesus Christ. And we in the lay ministry, again are declaring with all of our enthusiasm and conviction and concern that there is only one way and that is Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. And that unless men and women come to that way, the Lord Jesus Christ, they do not have eternal life abiding within them.
Then sanity is no guarantee for truth. Saul was as sincere when he stood down and watched the stoning of Stephen, as I am sincere tonight trying to teach the integrity and accuracy and the inherent accuracy of God's wonderful matchless word. But sincerity is no guarantee for truth. demon was right in having declared God's word Sara was wronged in that he voted against him, voted for his execution stood there and watched him being executed, thinking that he had done God a favor. In the early church, not only did they speak disparagingly of the followers of the way, but in Antioch of Syria, they were first called Christians. And the word Christian was a shame word. It was a disgrace word. It's the kind of thing that people have many times in our society years ago, at least, they weren't ashamed to carry their Bibles to church for fear, somebody might laugh at them, because they had their Bible under their arms going to church. They use the word Christian, pointing them out, say, ha, there is a fellow he says he has Christ in him I can see Christ in but he says God Christ in him. That's why they call them Christians, Christ in all was consenting on Stephens death. And at that time, there was no small persecution. It was a great persecution, because the believers were beginning to reach into the strata of society with the accuracy of God's Word. And men and women were believing, and the abundance was rising, the number was rising, the abundant number was rising, and therefore they were having more and more influence upon winning others. So they thought they quails just by having a great persecution. And when the Bible says great, you know what it means? It means great, right? This persecution you can read in your history books. When this persecution occurred, it says in verse one, they were all scattered abroad, throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles, they stayed in Jerusalem, the rest of the leaders, the rest of the teachers, the rest of the people who wanted to see God's word move out. When the great persecution came, they scattered. Ladies and gentlemen, why do we have to wait forever together? It is God's will to move now. It is God's will to take the greatness of God's Word and for once in our lifetime declared again with all boldness, and all conviction. Before the persecution needs to rise. God was waiting on them. They weren't waiting on God. God would have taken the word to Sumeria and to the uttermost part of the Earth, one day after the day of Pentecost had the people believe to move It was a great persecution that finally got him to move. So I don't know if you want to thank God for persecution or not. Even though he didn't bring it, it still helped to get God's people out where the odd have been all along out teaching and preaching God's word. Right. Now, verse two, and devout men, carried Steven to His burial, and they make great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he continued to make havoc, tried to wreck the church, how about God, the church, entering into every house?
Hailing men and women, and he committed them to want Prince was Paul or Saul sincere? That's right. This is the thing I want you to see. That sincerity is no guarantee for truth. Truth is truth. No matter who says what, when or where it is still truth.
Truth is that which eternally is, it's the same yesterday, today and forever. It does not change. Facts change, but not true. The Latin word facto means to do or to make, from which we get the English word facts. Anything that man will do, man will make that will change. It's a fact. But anything that God does, is a truth. And truth is that which eternally is it's the same yesterday, today and forever. Therefore, if you and I can tap into truth, we can guarantee that it will be the same tomorrow as it is today, that it will be the same on Tuesday as it is on Sunday. And people there's nothing worth tapping your life into that any less than the greatness of God's wonderful matchless truth, if you can find it.
That's worth tapping. Paul or Saul was sincere. God Himself, why do you have to have to get in somebody's house.
search warrant, God Himself official search warrants. And he went into every Christian house he could get into, he took the men and women and he imprisoned them. A voted against them. He saw them executed and saw them kill. And every time one of them died, I can see him on his knees praising God and saying the Lord I thank you for getting rid of another sinner. People. You if you understand the word of God, that burns deeply in your heart, because this man so I wouldn't have given him room in the way headquarters. Not even outside of the building, I lock the door on him. Like God gave him room. Once Paul got converted to the Lord Jesus Christ, he was as convinced of that product as he had been convinced before that Christianity was all wrong. So Solid committed them to prison. And those people that had been suffering great persecution had left the city of Jerusalem. Verse four says there for days that were scattered abroad, went everywhere, preaching blood, the word, they went everywhere preaching the word. They didn't hold up the Bible and say, This is what the Word says. And then take one little verse of scripture and rested out of its context and preach their heart out. They preach the Word. In the early church, every bit of preaching was expository. Every bit of preaching was basically the same thing that the way ministry does today, not only here at headquarters, but throughout the country, wherever we have believers who are meeting and working God's word. All the preaching was an unfoldment of God's word, a teaching ministry. Those that were scattered around broad went everywhere preaching the Word. I liked that. They didn't preach their own opinion, their own ideologies, their own ideas. as their own theologies, they didn't preach what they liked. They preached what God wanted preached. They taught God's word. They went everywhere preaching the word. They were not late news reporters of what happened at the democratic or national convention Republican convention. They were not late news reporters of life look or time Saturday Evening Post Playboy or anything else. They were only concerned about one thing, preaching the Word. Ladies and gentlemen, when this gets down in our hearts again today, men and women are going to be saved, filled with the Holy Spirit and start moving with the effervescence and the glory and the power of His Majesty the Lord on high. preaching the word preaching the word. What a wonderful night it is, isn't it to sit for three hours and just talk duck soup with people? You know, just sit and visit do not think terrible waste of your time waste of mine waste of theirs to anybody can talk about the weather. Anybody can talk about the Republican or the Democratic Convention?
What about the word? Very few people can talk about the word. First of all, they don't know enough about it. They don't even know Genesis is in the New Testament. You see if we know the word, what greater joy is there? I better tell my radio audience I know it's in the Old Testament.
They can't see me you can. What greater joy is there than to spend a half hour sitting with a friend and maybe you start saying well, isn't it a wonderful day? Then the second word is Have you thought about how great gods were? Yes, boy, then you're off and running. Maybe they're running the other way. But you're running behind? Well, it's terrific. Everybody's talking about everything. Why not? You talk about God's word. Why not? I talk about God's word. Why not just a handful of us be so disciplined. So convinced, so sold on the greatness of God's word that this is our life. This is our whole being. Every time we get with people, we don't shove it down their throat is just as natural to us. It's breezy. I said to the college age students this morning, if you've got a good case of measles, you don't have to tell anybody you've got they'll all know. Right? See if you can easily communicate them to if we have enough of the greatness of God's accuracy and wonderful power of His word within us. I don't have to write it on my sleeve and say, Victor Paul, where we'll Christian Victor Paul Rodwell believes God's word, don't have to write it. All you have to do is just be around me for an hour or two. And you'll know it won't have to write it. You don't have to tell me you love the Lord Jesus Christ. All I have to do is be around you a little while I know what you love. Maybe golf promised to fell I'd give $5 Extra the lay ministry the first follow that could hit it from there the Beanfields everybody's practice. Got a challenge here at the way headquarters. We have a friend who said he'd give $50 If anybody could beat him in Tennessee, give it to the ministry. I asked him to raise it to 100 and then we go find someone who can while we're open for anything. No holds barred? Oh, yes. Is not wonderful. They went everywhere preaching the word that gets to me. Because in the days when I was questing, I went a lot of people the wild places, and they didn't preach the word. They just preach what they thought the word said one little verse and then they'd use that as a springboard and dive off of a gentleman's swim around below. And when they got all through swimming Nick time back up on the board pronounced the benediction. We go home, same verse, nobody learned anything. That's why you take a group of people through the word like I'm going to take you tonight. You just got to know God's word when I get through with you. That tried why not? Because it's all written I'm just taking a little time to get around to it. Once you can read it for yourself and understand it from then on, you got it. Then it says in verse five Philip why down to the city of Sumeria now the Samaritans were half Jews remember that? They hated the Jews really hated this Americans. Go they figured this Americans were Way Out left Do you remember the story in the New Testament, the Good Samaritan. Setup went down in some area. And when he got down to Sumeria, what he preach Christ who is the word, Christ, when you preach Christ, your preaching was there. He preached Christ unto them, the same word. And verse six says, and the people with one accord, the words one accord, every time you read, it means unity of purpose is all. One accord does not mean that they were all of the same mental ability. One accord does not mean that they all have the same height of spiritual experience. A lot of times card means only on simply unity of purpose. Like tonight, right now we're here in one accord, unity of purpose. We're here to study this word, you've got your Bibles open, I've got mine open. We're here for this one thing. This is a seventh time that these words one accord are used in the book acts, I believe, right at this point, it means the same all the way through. The people with one accord gave heed under those things which Philip speak. They listened to what Philip spoke, they listened to what Philip said, gave heed under those things, which Philips fake hearing, and seeing what the miracles. They believed what Philips said, because they heard and saw the miracles. If there had been no miracles, would they have believed Philips fate, you know, the only thing that convinced those people in Sumeria, that Philip was genuine, that he had the real McCoy was because they heard and saw what miracle. And if there are no miracles in a body of believers today, they're not believers. Anybody can talk, talk is cheap. But you've got to have signs, miracles and wonders.
If there's real believing there. The Bible says He sent His word and healed them.
Jesus Christ came that we might have life and have it how more than abundantly. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me Philippians 490. In Christ Jesus, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us and He gave Himself for us. Then a friend to Sumerian he preached the Word. But they only believe the preaching of the word because they heard and they saw the miracles, which why does it say God did know? That he's heard and saw the miracles? Which he which he verse six, and I didn't write the book, The Miracles way key, Phillip good. Is that what it says? That trek, that's what it means? It doesn't say that God did the miracles. This is the teaching today. And this is why we're not having signs miracles, water. We're telling God all the time. Oh, god, get busy and work. God say well, why don't you go to work? God worked in Christ Jesus, right? God did the work. God is waiting on young people and adults to go to work for him. But it's so much easier to put the responsibility on God. Because then we don't have to do a Bledsoe thing except sit and look like we're real religious. It's like prayed. Man, if you got to pray an hour, you're believing little.
How long do you think it takes God to hear? You think he's got his ear balls plugged? How long does a person have to pray? You know why you pray so long? Because we believe so little. Once you get to believing you can start praying. Most prayer is simply get yourself up is a believing stage. That's all. They believed his preaching because they heard and saw the miracles which he did, which he Philip did who did a Philip did them. How did he do them by the power of God with it? By the operation and manifestations of the Spirit, three of which you saw here tonight speaking in tongues interpretation and prophecy. There are six more where to knowledge where the wisdom discerning spirits, Faith miracles, ideally, by those nine manifestations of the Spirit, Philip did the miracles now Is God a respecter of persons? No. Therefore the same God that is in Philip has to be living in you if you're a born again believer, right? The same God that's in Christ that was in terror has to be in made, if I am his right. Okay, now you just sit and think if he was able to do the miracles, by the power of God that was in him, and the same God is in you, that was in Philip, then you can also do what signs miracles and wonders, why don't you do them can only be two reasons. Number one, you don't know what to do. Or number two, you don't want to do it. That's probably same God. Those times in which Philip libbed work times, like we have in our country and like the times are increasing more and more in our country. Because the whole city of Sumeria had been living under the influence of spiritualism. Great religious leaders had been there. And they had led them into spiritualism. This is why religious leaders don't cut any ice with me. I'm not interested in whether they're a religious leader, I'm interested, are they Christians BORN AGAIN of God's Spirit, and do they teach and believe literally what the Word of God says? That's what I'm interested in. Are the city of Sumeria had been infested and invaded by religious leaders till the people were so led so far away from God, the true God, that it took the ministry of Philips to come in there and to preach the Word of God and to do signs miracles and wonders that made the people sit up and say, well, that fella has something it says in verse seven that unclean spirits unclean or double spirits crying with a loud voice came out of many, many, many in Sumeria many who were was possessed that's what it says that's what it all devil spirits, all spiritualism. All this stuff basically, which is relegated to the extrasensory perception departments today, in the fields of psychic research, and Psychical Research, all comes under this category. And it's coming more and more with an increased acceleration in our day in our time, and you know. Who are the three best selling novels are? No they're not they don't call them novels. They call them something else. What do you call them? Books that are you know, a nonfiction. They call it nonfiction. Because fiction baloney. Today on the American market, three of the most outstanding sales in America today are all books dealing with a psychic realm where which Simon went into the city of Sumeria, to defeat and I'll let somebody rises up in our day and in our time, unless out of this weekend, there comes a commitment in your heart, you young people that you're going to give your life and every ounce of strength you have whether you're in business, in a shop or factory or out on the farm, your first and primary joy will be the declaration of the accuracy and the greatness that God heard. There is no for our next Dr. Les your wonderful heart. April somebody's got to declare it and God has no hands but our hands ladies and gentlemen. God has no feet but your feet. God has no brain cells but your brain cells And the true God does not possess. All devil spirits all wrong, possesses. But God the true God doesn't possess. He simply lays out his word and he says, whosoever will may one come. That's what a tremendous difference. What a tremendous difference. Whenever the devil does anything or devil spirits do anything, they always possess people. And to be possessed means you're controlled. You are a medium you are channel. But you and I are not mediums avenues are channels for the true God, we are not possessed. We are believers, who by God's mercy, and by God's grace, confessed with our mouth, the Lord Jesus believed God raised Him from the dead, and God saved us. And we did this with a clarity of mind and a conviction of ourselves without any possession. Try every time in the other field, my friend, when Satan wants to do anything, he possesses people, he controls them. He takes over their vocal cords their mouth, he speaks through them. If you're looking at it, just since knowledge wise, you can't tell the difference between the genuine the counterfeit. But if you know God's Word, you can see that counterfeit a mile off. You've read in the newspapers, periodicals and other places. You've seen it on TV and heard on radio. Someone will say well, I just couldn't help myself ever heard that. I didn't want to do that. But something drove me to do it. Ever heard that? I didn't really mean to kill that fella. But something came over me I just couldn't help but stories. That individual at that moment was what possessed honor the True Word of God. You're always free. And this great auditorium here at the wave biblical Research Center. Tonight, you're free. You can either accept God's Word on teaching or you don't have to do because nobody is possessing you. Nobody's controlling you. Nobody's shoving anything down your throat. You You're a free moral agent. You're doing your own thinking. And that's how it should be. Because if a man wants to go to hell, he ought to have the right to go. That's right. Verse nine says, There was a certain man called Simon, which before time, before the time of the coming of Philip, in the same city of Sumeria. Use What sorcery. sorcery is the black arts field.
It is spiritual ism. I call it hookipa Sikhism. He used sorcery. And he be rich the people. He pulled the wool over their eyes. Giving out that himself was what? Some great ones to home verse 10. They all in Sumeria gave heat from the least to the greatest saying this man is the great power of God. That's what they said. Can't you just hear those words echoing down the streets and in the halls of the community buildings of some area. Whenever Simon smoke, that people would get up and say this man is the great power of God. This man is the great power of God. This man has the great power of God. Was he the great power of God? Yes, he was. They just forgot to declare which God that's all. That's all. Because ma'am, the Bible says there are two Gods I hardly find a church member who knows that there are two. Well what in the world has the church been doing if you don't even know After sitting in the church pews for 40 years that there are two gods. What do you do in in Sunday school play and tiddlywinks? What are you doing in your catechetical instruction, your confirmation schools? The Bible says there are two Gods one is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and the other God is the God of this world. And when they set up Simon, this man is the great power of God. The Bible says that he had bewitched them. They were possessed while what power of God was he declaring? That's right. The god of this world who is Satan, the devil, that's all. And to him verse 11. They had regard because that of a long time, he had bewitched them. But But verse 12, but and whenever the word buddy is used, it's always used in contrast, that which funnels caught his contrast set in contrast with that, which precedes it's one of those little words that that's great things in the Bible. But when they weren't believed, when they believed when they believed that he brought us preaching what what had thought preached the Word who is Christ, right, when they believed that preaching, what happened to you got the results I want, they're believed, right, which are by sheer logic. If you believe to stand up, now you know what you do, stand up. When they heard, preaching Jesus Christ, the Word of God, they believe Philips preaching. And when you believe you get the results of your believing, you get nothing in life without believing everything we are tonight we are because of our believing. No man ever rises or woman beyond what they believe. And no one can believe any more than what they're taught. The reason you and I believe what we believe tonight is because of what we've been taught. You can believe less than what you're taught, but you can't believe more. They believe Phillips preaching when they believe they got to say that's what happened to you now why? The Word of God. And the true God is bigger than the god of this world. The Word of God declares he that is in me is greater than he that's in the world. The true God is always bigger than Satan. And wherever there are men and women who know the true God and declare the true God, they can beat their balls off of old Satan any time they believe and walk with it. And if we're not defeating Satan, we're not declaring the greatness of the truth of God's Word. My people are just showing me we're going off the air here in about 30 seconds. Doesn't give me time to finish Acts Eight, with you people on the broadcast. I'll finish it here in the auditorium. But you people been listening to this teaching of this broadcast tonight.
Let me say to you rarely, frankly, unless you're born again of God's Spirit, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, you can do all the good works in the world, you still have no eternal life, a body within you. And never allow yourself to be possessed or controlled in any way, shape, or form. Never give your mind over to anyone. You take that mind of yours and you go to God's Word, you believe God's word. And you set on the greatness of God's Word and stay put on that God's word. And God's word will work for you. And this is why God's word is declaring to you tonight that you walk in the greatness of it and this is my prayer for you this week. You believe God's word and you just have a good week all week. Believe with the greatness of God's power in your life. Now look, verse 13, then Simon himself Simon the old who people guard its look at it, the old spiritualist, the one who would be rich, the people giving out that himself was the great power. Then Simon Simon himself believed rod Oh, what happened? Oh, Simon. God saved that's all. It's nothing. If you'd start that wonderful boy that speaks to our ears doesn't know anything I just said before we went off the air a moment ago. That true God has more power than the devil. That's right. Anytime, where there is a believer, the difference is the true God doesn't possess you. But people get possessed by the devil. And there are so few people who know God's word the true God and know God's word that the devil is just having a heyday Yeah, sure. The genie Dixon's run wild, the Edgar Casey's dead, gone, but still living as far as the devil is concerned. All of these things because the true barn again believers of God do not know God's Word. Now you can become a Christian in a moment of time, and stay stupid the rest of the days of your life. Because to become a Christian, he has to be born again. And to have a birth happened in a moment of time. But the knowledge of God's word takes time to learn. And not only takes time to learn, you have got to find the people, the men and women who have the knowledge that can teach it to us.
Then Simon himself believed also when he was baptized, he continued with Philip. He followed all Philip around carry suitcases. briefcase, but all the time he was gone with him. He didn't want he wandered.
Not wa but he wandered. In know he's wandering about he was wandering about those miracles, signs and wonders that Philip had done because before Philip came to town, what was he doing? A few signs miracles and wonders of His own do Ha he had bewitched for a long time. So now he gets converted. And he follows Phillip around he scratches his head bone or how they fill it does shit you know? Where does that I'm surprised though. Simon didn't get splinters in his fingers scratching his head dry various parking now when the apostles no they stayed back in Jerusalem remember we read that a while ago right? Now when the apostles which right Jerusalem heard that some area had received deck Olamide the word deck Oh my is to receive spiritually subjective reception that's a Marissa had subjectively received the word of God they send on to them Peter and John who when they were come down prayed for them that they might receive that they might learn by no not dechomai new Maha Gill Holy Spirit How do you like that for actress? Oh boil the people in Sumeria had spiritually received but they hadn't lamb bottled anything they had deco mind they had received subjectively but they had long bottled anything they hadn't manifested anything sounds like modern America was a people across America BORN AGAIN of God's Spirit never manifest and bless a thing we'll call up period John haha. They had spiritually received but when you receive something spiritually I can't see it. Why? Because it's spirit. You can't see spirit you can't smell it. You can't taste it. You can't touch it right? God is what spirit? Can you see God? No. You can see me see the nerves on my face because I am not God. But you can't see that God in Christ that's in May. Because that is what spirit. Now what proof? What proof do you have in a census world you got spirit nothing. Until you Lombardo something. The moment you Lombardo something, the moment you bring it out into concretion into manifestation in the census rounding that I can see are here then I've got the proof in the census round, that you got the spirit with him Haha. People say to me, you know by their fruits, you shall know them.
Is that right? That's a bunch of baloney. One of the greatest unbelievers I know has the finest fruit in the country that try. He doesn't believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. As a matter of fact, he's Barner, that seed of the serpent. But if you ever want to be with someone who is the most congenial, the most loving, the most understanding the one who just never does anything to cross. I'll introduce he's got all the fruits that people talk about. But he hasn't got credit
Mahatma Gandhi had great fruit. And yet Mahatma Gandhi two weeks before he was shot, publicly declared and Mrs. John is in here tonight to may be able to cooperate this from India. He said that he believed that Jesus Christ was one of the great prophets great men of all time, but he did not accept him as his personal Lord and Savior. That he had a wonderful fruit. He lived the Sermon on the Mount. I got a little trouble with it once in a while. Now. What was this one thing? What was this one thing in the census realm, which was the lumbar knowing of the deco my, they had deco my dad spiritually succeed received, but something hadn't come into manifestation. So Peter and John came down from Jerusalem, and they were heading to the church in Jerusalem, and they laid hands on and it said de la Ambarnath. May I take you back to Acts chapter two on the day of Pentecost. We're all in this trouble started. wish we'd get it going again. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one month. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as a rushing mighty wind and it filled all the house where they were sitting, and there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as a fire and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with but no Mahaki own Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them that speaking in tongues was the external manifestation in the census rail. It was the Lombardo the receiving end of the census round. Which was the proof that they had Dec Olamide. Spiritually on the inside. Now it's America. Old Phillips had preached the word but no manifestation. No manifestation that they were really born again. And yet there were it's healing there. Yet there were signs don't just see it. You can have signs miracles and wonders, you're gonna have healings, you can get people born again of God's Spirit and still not be fully carrying out God's word
Peter and John came down to when they were come down and prayed for them. That they might learn Bonnell manifest. Verse 17, says they laid their hands on them and they long modeled, they manifested the Holy Spirit. Verse 18, and when Simon saw s, a W spells saw and when Simon saw Simon saw s a w. Class, can you see spirit? No, then whatever Simon saw, could not have been spirit it had to be a one manifestation of one spirit. Sure, by sheer logic can't see spirit whatever it was that Simon saw s a w had to be in the census realm, which could only be a manifestation Acts chapter two and they manifested What did they do? spoken to. Speaking in tongues is the external manifestation in the census realm that you have Christ with him. When Simon saw that through laying on the apostles hands the Holy Ghost was given. He offered them a lot. Money, see if cash in fist? Sure.
He said, Boy, I gotta have it. I'll buy it. Huh Can you buy the things that God with money
No sir else these other fellas got more money to have more than I have gotten that wouldn't be fair they'd have more than you maybe you have that wouldn't be fair then God would be a what respect your boy this is tremendous is not wonderful that you can't buy favor with God. You can't buy anything from God. But if you find out what's available here we go find out what's available know what, how to receive it. And the third place know what to do with it after you've got it. whosoever will may what? Isn't God wonderful? All Simon thought he could buy it. When Simon saw that through the laying on of hands, they were manifesting things Simon Says boys how much you want tonight? Here it is our buyer. And oh Pierre says go fry in your own fat boy. Listen what he said. Give me also this power verse 19 and whosoever milyon he made a long battle Peter said on him diametric money perish with a the word perish is a word rot your money rot Were you born because now has to walk. Thought thought well, why do you think in your feet? No. I'm sometimes we think they're basically put up here is where we were Where does all wrong believing start? Right here in the mind. Peter said, because you thought you're you thought that's a gift of God could be purchased with lot money. That stuff. So it's neither part nor lot in this matter in the word matter is ministry. For your heart, the seat of your personal life is not right in the sense of sight of God. And the word repent in verse 22, is for sake in the text, for sake there for this die wickedness and pray God, that the thoughts of your heart, the thoughts of your mind, the heart is the seat of the personal life here where the decisions are made, not made in your physical heart, it just represents this it speaks of it. And your decisions are made in your mind. If you were rewriting it accurately, you would say it today. For sake therefore have this year wickedness and pray God that the thoughts of your mind may be forgiven you. For I perceived authority and the gall of bitterness and the fun of iniquity. Then answered Simon and said, Pray to the Lord for me that none of these things which you have spoken, come on to me and that's the end of the record. You think Peter and John may have prayed for him? Oh, yes. Would you pray for someone if they came in? asked you. I would. You know, read Romans chapter 10. And in verse 17, it says that faith comes by what? hearing and hearing by watt, the word of God. You see it in Acts chapter eight. How did that faith come in some area? They heard the lot. Glory to God in this auditorium denied, how does faith come? Hearing the word right? Verse 15, says, well, verse 13, verse 12, here we go. Are there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek are the same Lord over all doing Greek is rich on to all Jew or Greek or Gentile, that call upon Him. For whosoever whosoever whosoever means what? Whosoever, Jew or Gentile? shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be what? Whosoever means what? Right? If anybody in this auditorium goes home tonight without Christ, you're stupid or stupid. And you just can't be that stupid and sit on your mind deep hope for why should a man or a woman who has never accepted the Lord Jesus Christ, everyone to leave the way biblical Research Center on a Sunday night without knowing deaths are heaven bound and all hail. We can't stop them from going.
Try. Because faith cometh by hearing and hearing comments by the word of God. And every Sunday evening, when we meet here at the way biblical Research Center for another teaching session, always the word lives here, no matter whether I'm teaching our peer weight or anyone else, we stand for only one thing in the center, and that is that we must have men and women, every time the public needs, we teach one thing and that's stored. By God cometh by hearing hearing cometh by the word. Whosoever, whosoever then shall call upon the name of the Lord is going to get bought, say, but verse 14 says, How shall they call on him in whom they have not watched? The lead? How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? Or is a CAD here unless somebody knows, and somebody teaches that right? That's why people many times, don't get saved because you don't hear. And you're not saved because you've got a feeling. You're saying, because you made a confession. That's right. That's why Romans 10 Nine says what it says, if thou shalt confess with eyewash, mouth the Lord Jesus, what is it to confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus? Very simple, it's to say, to confess it is to say it, confess with your mouth, what is it to confess with your mouth to confess with your mouth used to say it? Can you say it sitting there? Could you say it out loud? Could you say it without saying it out loud?
Why now look at me, all of you in the auditorium say, I love the Lord Jesus Christ out loud. Let me now say it without saying it out loud. Have you said it? If you confess with your mouth, Jesus has a lot doesn't say where but it says do it. That's all right. Because class, you can miss God everywhere and find him anywhere. But you will be found of him when you do what the rules and regulations of the ball game say. confess with your mouth. Jesus says what? Lord to confess it is to say it it doesn't say you have to come to the altar does it? If it did not have the bloomin older taken out? That's right. If I had to get you to the altar to get your saved God take the altar up, keep your saved to get to save sitting down or something. Ma'am, anything you and I have to do to get saved as one word. Old Simon tried to get it by won CIF CIF is worth getting. Ladies and gentlemen, you need not go any other places where you are right now, to make the greatest decision in your whole life.
And that is to confess with your mouth Jesus as long as simply say, with all the strength of your being and all the conviction or your soul,
I make Jesus Christ, Lord of my life. confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord. And do what Billy, Billy, Billy, Billy was that God did was raised Him from the dead, and thou shalt be one.
What's the word says that's what it means. It's not a confession in your sin. Man, if you're going to confess that you'd be up for now until doomsday.
People don't get saved because they confess their sin. And I don't care what any evangelist says or anybody else says. Because confession is sin is works. And we're not saved by works. We're saved by graceless any man should boast Ephesians right. And confession is sin is not only worked it's hard work. Let me ask you a question. Some of you young people in here tonight 2224 2519 How many sentences you commit to those here? If you're 19 years old tonight, you think maybe you got 36 sub About 50 will just settle for 119 years. Some of us can do those in a week. In the past, right? You see what I'm trying to get to, there is a man or a woman or a boy or girl live and who could come down to an altar and confess their sin and get saved by confession is sin, because nobody can remember all the sins they've committed. And if you just forgot to confess one, if you were saved by confession of sin and you forgot one you would forever remain lot unsettled by sheer logic. That's why we don't confess our sin we confess the Savior from sin, the Lord Jesus Christ is our personal Lord and Savior. We confess with our mouth, the Lord Jesus, Jesus as Lord in our life, we confess Him the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior from sin, we confess Him with our mouth we say it and we believe in one thing that God did what raised him from us.
Okay, let me ask you a question. Have you ever confessed with your mouth Jesus as Lord?
Have you ever really mended when you said Jesus was Lord in your life? Do you believe God raised Him from the dead? If you've made that confession, and if that is what you believe, you are what? Saved you have eternal life you have now deco mind within. But what about the Lombardo? What have you manifested to manifest you must move your lips, your throat, your tongue, you must speak in any other language or languages that you know, and that is speaking in tongues. And that's exactly what they did on the day of Pentecost. And this is what Simon saw. After Peter and John has come down and laid hands on them, and they love and bond and it's in the operation of the manifestations of the Spirit, that the Christian believers have the power of God in manifestation in concrete.