A New Life
A Sermon on Acts 8:5-12
Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip, when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was much joy in that city.
Simon the Magician Believes
But there was a man named Simon, who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was somebody great. They all paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the power of God that is called Great.” And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic. But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. (ESV)
Do you wonder if this world will ever get better? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones brings the hard reality from God’s Word in Acts 5-12 that the entire world lies in darkness and under the control of the evil one. This is because the original man, Adam, was deceived and fell into sin. This fall has poured throughout every aspect of creation. This is why the world of today is as it is, filled with sin and suffering. Man, as a result of this sin, is blinded and spiritually dead. He is unable to hear and believe the Good News of the Gospel. This is why the only way he can be saved is through the regenerating grace of God in the Holy Spirit. This is a miraculous work by which God gives new life to dead sinners who hate and reject him. But this is the greatness of the Gospel: it is something God does for those who are not even able to hear the Good News without grace. And in a way, all men by nature of having a soul know of the need for salvation. They know that they will continue to live once this life has ended. Eternal life is offered to all who believe, but as Dr. Lloyd-Jones warns, all who reject Jesus Christ have no hope in eternity.