Ananias and Sapphira
A Sermon on Acts 5:1-11
Ananias and Sapphira
But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.
After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things. (ESV)
In the judgement of Ananias and Sapphira we see that God is active and rules in this world of time. As Creator, He has the right and the power to do as He wills with His creation. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds on Acts 5 and shows while many modern men hate the idea of a supernatural spiritual realm, the Bible sees many events in the world as the result of immaterial things. This includes the existence of angels, demons, and the devil. This is a part of the world that we live in. The Bible teaches this clearly from the beginning to the end. But God is sovereign over the spiritual aspects of creation as He is sovereign over the material aspects of reality. We must not shy away for what Scripture teaches regarding the existence of the spiritual realm. The church must be active in its opposition to evil in all its forms and ways. There is a war between God and Satan, between good and evil, and between light and darkness. This is a cosmic war that takes place amongst us. But we have hope in the power of God and his Gospel. In the Gospel, Jesus triumphs over all sin and evil, and through his Spirit we have the power to fight against all evil and darkens in this world.