Simon was a sorcerer. He fooled people, made money with his magic, and the people of Samaria thought he was operating in the power of God. Till, Philip the evangelist came to his town, preached and baptised the Samaritans (who believed) in Jesus name (Acts 8:12).
Simon the sorcerer, believed and got baptised (Acts 8:13). His curiosity for God’s work grew, he hung about with Philip.
Did he learn? No. Why?
Peter came to town having heard of the salvation of the people in Samaria. Though they believed, they weren’t baptised with the Holy Spirit yet. When Peter laid hands on those who did not receive the Holy Spirit, they received. Simon wanted that power. He offered money, only to be rebuked and exposed by Peter.
Simon had believed and even got baptised, what happened? Why was he rebuked and cast aside by Peter?
For now, I want to only mention the three points.
Love of money
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:10)
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;” Hebrews 12:14-15
Bond of sin
“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2