Most Christians would be surprised to find out that who they have been told is one of the evilest angels to ever live, Satan was also a “Baptized Christian.”
Meaning, that he was a person and a Christian sinner just like you, me and the Christians you both love and hate.
As I have written before, we know that the Church Fathers had bestowed the title of Satan on a certain Samaritan man named Simon Magus by Church Fathers. In the Scripture, he is also known as a type of angel called a cherub and legal prosecutor for God who became the defacto God and Prince of this World.
Before the advent of Christianity and the first Apostilistic mission or the Church, Simon was well known in Samaria and all throughout the Roman Kingdom as a High Priest and he was even honored as a God. His religion was primarily that of Gnosticism, as the Church Fathers also labeled him the First Gnostic.
We find that Simon, who we also know as Satan was converted to Christianity in Acts he is portrayed as a famous sorcerer in Samaria who was “baptized by Philip the Evangelist” (Acts viii. 5-24) and “followed Philip everywhere.” (Acts 8:13)
We are told that Simon baptized with water and also added fire by lighting above the head of the baptized a light flame of naphtha from Lake Asphaltis, to fulfill the Baptist’s prediction of Christ’s baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire.
It was said that Simon’s speaking of “the power of the Holy Ghost” as ” purchasable commodities ” is subsequent to his baptism. Then it is written that “He then was an apostate from the faith on the profession of which he was baptized.”
Simon Magus was a magician who was later baptized as a Christian. In this passage, Luke does not explicitly say whether Simon Magus was a true convert or not. At the beginning of the narrative, Luke says that “Even Simon himself believed” (Acts 8:13).
But towards the end, Peter condemns Simon:
“May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God” (8:20 -21). After Simon Magus requests Peter to pray for him, the story of Simon Magus end and he is never mentioned in Scripture again.
The biblical account concludes with Simon’s/Satans repentance and apparent reconciliation with Christianity after his condemnation by St. Peter.
For the Apostle Paul had said, “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-14)
“They went out from us, but were not of us;” and whom Peter (2 Pet. ii. 4, 14) charges with false doctrine and licentiousness. Next, we find Clement (i. 14), say to his readers to “follow God rather than those who, through pride and sedition, have become the leaders of a detestable emulation.”
Polycarp also (Ep. to Phil. ch. vii.) says, “Whosoever does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh (the Docetae holding the sentiments of Simon), is antichrist; and whosoever perverts the oracles of the Lord to his own lusts, is the first-born of Satan.” Hermas (Pash. ch. vi.) says, “The motheaten branches are the apostates and traitors of the church, who have blasphemed the Lord in their sins.”
Moe is the founder of GnosticWarrior.com. A website dedicated to both the ancient and modern teachings of Gnosticism.