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New Testament Salvation Cont'
and therefore cannot properly interpret the truths of the Bible. The natural man cannot understand the things of the Spirit, for they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14).

The death of Jesus Christ purchased a far greater salvation than most people know anything about today. Many people believe that by repenting of their sins and striving to live as best as they can they experience all there is to salvation. But as Paul said, "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" (Romans 11:33). God desires to give all of us righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17) and receiving the Holy Ghost is a very definiteexperience with definite supernatural evidence. Peter and the Jews with him perceived that the household of Cornelius had received the Holy Ghost "because they heard them speak with tongues" (Acts 10:46), and we should expect the same evidence today. Because many people do not, they mistakenly believe that they have received the Holy Ghost when they really have not. For this reason, there is great deadness in many churches and much unreality in the lives of professing Christians.

On the Day of Pentecost, when the New Testament church was inaugurated, the Holy Ghost filled all who were waiting for him, and they all spoke with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4). Peter explained, "This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh" (Acts 2:16-17) If God worked in this way in the days of the apostles, then why do some people (even preachers) dare to call the same experience today the work of the devil? If we do not understand something, we should go slowly and see whether it is really in the Bible, lest we be found fighting against God and He would say to us as He did to Saul, "It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks" (Acts 9:5).