The Record of Speaking in Tonuges – Part 2
We are continuing in our quest to understand the Word of God in reference to Speaking in
Tongues. To do this we go to the second record of the outpouring of holy spirit in Acts chapter
Acts 8:1-25 (KJV)
1 And Saul was consenting unto his (Steven’s) death. And at that time there was a great
persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad
throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
At this time, Saul who later became the Apostle Paul, was persecuting the Christians.
2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.
3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and
women committed them to prison.
4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
The Christians were scattered abroad. They were under severe persecution, they were being
arrested and some were being sent to the arena, but, they were still doing what got them in
trouble in the first place, they were preaching the Word of God.
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and
seeing the miracles which he did.
7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them:
and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.
There should be great joy in our cities because people should be getting deliverance and healing.
Philip had nothing more than any other Christian throughout history the only thing that is
different is that he KNEW what he had! Christians over the centuries haven’t known what they
had what they HAVE! All that latent spiritual power and the average Christian doesn’t know that
they have the power to heal! They don’t know that they are the most powerful beings to walk the
Earth since Jesus Christ because WE ARE JESUS CHRIST MEN and WOMEN! We have the
power of Christ within! This is why I am teaching this subject at this time. People, again, need to
see, they need to know that with the new birth there is power to heal, there is power to deliver!
9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and
bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great
power of God.
11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.Simon was a sorcerer. Sorcery is NOT from the One True God. All of this witchcraft, sorcery
and necromancing that is prevalent today is strait from the pit of hell!
A quick way to see if a person is right on the Word of God is to look to see if he is getting the
glory of if God is getting the glory. Simon was giving out that he was a great one to the point that
all of Samaria was saying that he was the Great Power of God Until a simple Christian came to
town and started healing people.
12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the
name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Baptized in what? Water? No. What were the Apostles baptized in on the Day of Pentecost? holy
spirit. You will see this as we go along.
13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and
wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
I’ve gotta say something here. The great sorcerer Simon believed on the name of Jesus Christ
and that God raised him from the dead and he was baptized in holy spirit as well. As a Christian,
you never prejudge someone thinking that “they won’t believe.” You never know so you share
the Word of God with anyone and everyone.
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of
God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
People read this verse a lifetime and don’t see that the reason that Peter and John were sent down
to Samaria was that there was a problem. The people in Samaria received (dechomai) the holy
spirit. That means that when they were born again it was a subjective or passive receiving. Up
until this time when people were born again they “lambano” holy spirit which is to receive into
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
The word “receive in verse fifteen is the Greek word lambano. The Samaritans hadn’t yet
manifested holy spirit in the senses world. They were born again, but, what was the problem?
The Samaritans had been under the influence of Simon’s sorcery so long that they had a spiritual
road block and someone had to help out. So Peter and John came to Samaria.
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
Peter and John, by revelation, put their hands on the Samaritans and the Samaritans manifested
(lambano) holy spirit in the senses world. There are only nine manifestations of holy spirit -speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophesy, word of knowledge, word of wisdom,
discerning of spirits, faith, miracles and gifts of healing. Which one do you think the Samaritans
did? The same manifestation as the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost.
There is a difference between “the Holy Spirit” and “holy spirit.” Neither the King James, nor
any other Bible that I know of, differentiates between the two. The Holy Spirit with a capital H
and a capital S is God. holy spirit with a small h and a small s is what came on the Day of
Pentecost. It is the gift available to everyone that confesses Jesus Christ as lord and believes that
God raised him from the dead. So, when it says, in verse seventeen, that they received the Holy
Spirit, they didn’t receive God Almighty the creator of the heavens and the Earth, no. They
received the gift that was given by God, holy spirit.
18 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
What did Simon see? He saw men and women speaking the wonderful works of God.
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.
23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye
have spoken come upon me.
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.
What Simon was looking at was, again, looking at the short term reward of the praise of men,
but, he hadn’t, yet, seen that the Christians rewards are not here on Earth, but, are stored up for
us in heaven. Peter lays it on the line as to what Simons problem was. Men of God have to take
a stand and tell it like it is. How did Peter know this about Simon? Revelation, God showed it to
Peter. The recipient, Simon, got blasted with the truth and because of that he took a large step in
the right direction and away from what he had been into for so long by asking Peter to pray for
One more tidbit on this subject. Men of God are not responsible for the reaction to the truth they
speak. They are responsible for speaking it accurately whether it be the truth of God’s Word
from the Bible or from revelation. Same for every Christian.