sorry Hank, but the fact that Phillip wasnt an Apostle doesnt have anything to do with the Fact that he preached to those in Samaria and THEY BELEIVED AND WERE BAPTISED<quoted text>
If I may....
Philip could NOT impart the POWER of the Holy Spirit to others.
13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere,[[[[[astonished by the ~~~~~great signs and miracles~~~~~ HE SAW.]]]]]
Only the apostles had the ability to impart the POWER of the Holy Spirit by the laying on of hands.
14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God,~~~~~they sent Peter and John to Samaria.~~~~~
The apostles sent Peter and John....
Only by the laying on of the apostles' hands was the POWER of the Holy Spirit given.
Preston, look at this verse carefully:
18 When Simon <<<SAW>>> that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money.
Now, do we see the ~miraculous powers~ being performed today???
The ~~~miraculous powers~~~ CEASED to continue once those who had been given this POWER DIED as the POWER could not be passed on.
YET DIDNT RECEIVE THE HOLY GHOST.
SIMON DOESNT HAVE ANYHTING TO DO WITH THIS SO DONT BRING HIM IN WITH YOUR DIVERSION.
STAY ON TOPIC IF YOU WILL.
WE ARENT TALKING ABOUT ANY POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT YOUR DOCTRINE OF RECEIVING THE HOLY GHOST WHEN A PERSON IS BAPTISED.
and that 18th verse says nothing about Power so why are you adding to the Scriptures? dont do that Hank, it aint right.
the Fact remains, they Heard, they believed, and they were baptised, YET THEY STILL WERE NOT FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST.
14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
Now that 15th verse agrees with what I mentioned a few weeks ago, when I went to a church and a woman was wanting to Receive the Holy Ghost and People Prayed for her but she still was not Filled, and then i went up and told the pastor that we should pray again and this time God would answer and He did and She was Filled and began to shout the victory