But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria…
I. HE GAVE HIMSELF OUT TO BE SOME GREAT ONE. False teachers do not seek the glory of God, but their own.
II. HE BEWITCHED THE PEOPLE. False teachers seek to dazzle by popular arts, instead of enlightening and converting.
III. HE BELIEVED, WAS BAPTIZED, AND CONTINUED WITH PHILIP. Thus the unbelieving often speak the language of Canaan, because they observe that it is effective; and contract a hypocritical bond of fellowship with the servants of God, in order to cover their foul stains with the cloak of pretended sanctity.
Parallel VersesKJV: 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: