But Peter said to him, Your money perish with you, because you have thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.…
I. THIS MAN'S STATE. In a state of nature as evidenced by his covetousness, ambition, and hypocrisy. This state is called —
1. The gall of bitterness because it is bitter(1) To God; which appears by the bitter sufferings of Christ (Isaiah 53:6; Matthew 26:38).
(2) To every good man as felt in their first awakenings, bitter remorse (Matthew 26:75), bitter reflections.
(2) To the impenitently wicked (Mark 9:44).
2. The bond of iniquity (Proverbs 5:22). This bond is —
(2) Reproachful (Proverbs 14:34).
II. HOW IT WAS PERCEIVED. By its fruit (Matthew 12:33, 35). A man's state may be discerned —
1. By his ignorance of Divine things.
2. By the company he keeps.
3. By the books he reads.
4. By his places of resort.
Parallel VersesKJV: But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
WEB: But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!