Even Simon himself believed; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he observed signs and great miracles taking place, he was constantly amazed. – Acts 8:13
Simon was a man who amazed the Samaritans with his feats of magic. Highly revered and respected, he was the most popular man in his town until Philip arrived. Simon’s tricks and sleight of hand paled in comparison to the transforming power of God and eventually even Simon himself was converted, be it with some fleshly ideas still intact. Peter would later rebuke Simon for his desire to purchase God’s anointing power and, after all the centuries, the heretical practice of “simony” (buying and selling church positions) is still named after him.
I see in Simon the Magician a desire to have all God could offer, but ignorance about how to obtain it. The “Simons” of this age believe in Jesus, but need additional help from the Body of Christ to gain a complete understanding of biblical doctrine. We need to rebuke them (gently or not), but we also need to be willing to carefully guide them into all spiritual truth.
None of us has a perfect grasp of God’s truth for “we all see through a glass darkly;” therefore, it’s always worth the effort to help one another in its accurate pursuit.
Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth. – Blaise Pascal