|Acts 8:9-24 |
9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, who had previously practiced sorcery in that city, fascinating the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great.
10 All of the people, from the least to the greatest, regarded him, saying, "This man is showing the great power of God."
11 And they held him in esteem because for a long time he had amazed them with his sorceries.
12 But when they believed what Philip preached concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 Then Simon himself believed also, and when he had been baptized,1 he followed Philip, amazed to see all the miracles and signs which were done.
14 Now when the apostles who were in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them,
15 Who, when they had arrived, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.
16 (For as yet he [the Spirit] had fallen on none of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,
19 Saying, "Give me this power also so that when I lay my hands on someone, he may receive the Holy Spirit."
20 But Peter said to him, "May you and your money perish because you have thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
21 You have no part or portion in this ministry because your heart is not right in the sight of God.
22 Therefore repent of your wickedness and pray to God that perhaps you may be forgiven for your heart's thought.
23 For I perceive that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity."
24 Then Simon answered and said, "Pray to the LORD for me that none of these things that you have spoken will happen to me."
1 These verses, Acts 8:13-22, clearly show that believing that Jesus is Lord and being baptized does not result in salvation, or even the assurance of salvation: Simon the magician believed and was baptized. He tried to buy the power of laying on of hands. Acts 8:13-18
But, Peter said to him, "Repent therefore of your wickedness and pray to God that perhaps you may be forgiven for your heart's thought. For I perceive that you are in the gall of bitterness, and the bond of iniquity." Acts 8:22-23
Does this sound like a man saved by believing or baptism? You can't be "saved' and still be in bitterness and the bond of iniquity!
So believing and being baptized don't save you. Peter said "perhaps" he could be forgiven, if he repented and prayed for forgiveness.
But forgiven is not saved. He was forgiven before. Saved is to be delivered from sin, to have your heart purged of all evil.