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New Defender's Study Bible Notes

8:18 offered them money. The practice of paying money for spiritual privileges has been called “simony” ever since Simon the sorcerer tried to purchase the ability to confer the Holy Spirit on people. His offer, recognizing the superiority of the Holy Spirit’s gifts to his own magical abilities, does indicate that the reception of the Holy Spirit by the Samaritans was evidenced by supernatural manifestations of some kind.

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