The events in the Book of Acts cover a

number of years. Eight years after the day of

Pentecost we see Philip carrying the gospel to

the people of Samaria:

ACTS 8.5-8; 12

5 Then Philip went down to the city of

Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

6 And the people with one accord gave

heed unto those things which Philip spake,

hearing and seeing the miracles which he


7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud

voice, came out of many that were

possessed with them: and many taken

with palsies, and that were lame, were


8 And there was great joy in that city . . .

12 But when they believed Philip

preaching the things concerning the

kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus

Christ, they were baptized, both men and 


These scriptures helped me to see that there

is an experience subsequent to salvation called

receiving the Holy Ghost. I had been taught

that when you are saved you have the Holy

Ghost—which is true in a sense. But my

denomination taught you had all the Holy

Ghost there was.

Jesus said, "Go ye into all the world, and

preach the gospel to every creature. He that

believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but

he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark

16:15-16). These Samaritans believed and

were baptized (Acts 8:12). Were they saved?

According to Jesus they were.

There is a work of the Holy Spirit in the

new birth, but that is not called receiving the

Holy Ghost—that is called being born-again,

receiving Eternal Life. There is an experience

following salvation called receiving, or being

filled with the Holy Ghost.

When the apostles at Jerusalem heard of the

wonderful things God had done through

Philip's ministry in Samaria, they sent Peter

and John to lay hands on the new converts that

they might receive the Holy Ghost.


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