But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?”
Acts 9:10-19 There were three men in the book of Acts named Ananias. The first was the man to whom Peter spoke in Acts 5. Ananias and his wife sold a piece of land and claimed they were giving all the proceeds to the church. They were lying, and their lie was exposed to protect the church from deceit.
The second Ananias was a fervent disciple of Christ in Damascus who had the joy of leading Saul of Tarsus to faith in Christ and facilitating his baptism (Acts 9:1-19). Paul later described him as a man of “good testimony” (Acts 22:12).
The third Ananias was the high priest who commanded that Paul be struck on the mouth in Acts 23:2. The apostle responded angrily, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall!”
We encounter these same three men today. Some in the church have a corrupting influence. Some in the world oppose the spread of the Gospel. But here and there we encounter true saints who maintain a good testimony and seek to win others to the Lord Jesus.
What kind of Ananias are you?
We must not let Satan in the door of the church. We must resist his temptation so as not to violate the holiness of Almighty God.
1 Chronicles 3–4