Thoughts and Questions Acts 8:9-25
Simon the sorcerer believed and was baptized, but later Peter told him that his heart was not right before God and he was full of bitterness and captive to sin. What kind of belief leaves a person’s heart unchanged and captive to sin? What is the difference between being captive to sin and being overcome by temptation from time to time and choosing to sin? Jesus healed many who were under the power of the devil. Do you think Simon remained under the power of the devil even after he believed and was baptized? Do you see any indication that Simon wanted to obey Jesus as his Lord? Do you see any indication that Simon repented, or do you think that perhaps he only wanted to escape punishment for his sins. What should we advise someone who has believed and has been baptized, but remains captive to sin?
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