Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.” And Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”
Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.
by: Dorothy Noel.
Simon’s desire to pay for the Holy Spirit was a sign of immaturity. Even though he believed and was baptized, he had only been around Philip for a short time before Peter and John joined them. His sinful habits were still with him, and he still thought according to the rules of his prior business. Peter’s quick rebuke allowed Simon to learn from his mistake and change his ways. Often, we forget that new believers will not always recognize the sin in their existing habits. It is important that we be ready to lead them in repentance and guide them to a better understanding of the gospel they now follow.