He That Hath Ears
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)
Who really needs the Gospel? Is it just for the weak, the lonely, the worst of society? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones turns to Acts 8:5-12 and shows us that the Gospel calls all men to repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation only comes to those who surrender their entire life to Christ. There are no halfway Christians. While many men and women hear the preaching of the Gospel and see the life of other Christians, they often think Christianity is merely an external code of conduct, an ethical system, or another lifestyle. Sadly, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones describes, they never actually come to a true understanding of what it is they are rejecting. However, even though man is in sin and rebels against the one true God, no one is beyond salvation. For salvation is ultimately the result of God’s Holy Spirit. He regenerates fallen men and women, giving them new hearts and minds that believe and trust in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the hope that Christians have when sharing the Gospel, it is ultimately God who saves and redeems. Once one is saved by the power of God, they begin to live the new life of believers. They repent of their sin and live a life of faith and hope in the great Savior, Jesus Christ.