You Can’t Buy Love
Acts 8:14-17 – Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
Spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and leading people to believe that Jesus died as a sacrifice for their sins and God raised him from the dead was a mission of the first century church.
The disciples of Christ and the believers in the 1st century church relied on the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the great Counselor and Comforter. You can not have the Holy Spirit without the Living Word and vice versa.
Acts 8:18-22. – And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
Peter and John went to Samaria and preached the Good News of Jesus. Peter and John went and anointed them with the Holy Spirit. Simon saw the miracle of the Holy Spirit and wanted to pay the disciples for the annointing and to be able to lay hands on people and share the annointing.
The Holy Spirit is a gift from God. Money can not buy the annointing. By laying hands on people in prayer and by people opening their hearts to receive the Holy Spirit, the church will grow.
Acts 8:25 – And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
Matthew 6:24 – No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.