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[The Economy of God]-Chapter23-Part17

Do you remember the story in the Old Testament of an ass which spoke a human language? That was genuine speaking in tongues! I doubt whether all the tongues are as genuine today. I read an article recently in which the writer reported that he had contacted more than one hundred persons speaking in tongues. He said every one without an exception doubted whether the tongue he spoke was genuine. Yet the writer still encouraged people not to doubt, but to continue their experience. After I read that, I said to myself, “At the time of Pentecost, did Peter doubt whether the tongue he spoke was genuine? Was there anyone at that time who had such doubts?” But today, why do so many people question whether or not their tongue is genuine? The simple answer is that so many tongues today are not genuine.

But even if you are speaking a genuine tongue, I must tell you that is not the life. Even King Saul received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (1 Sam. 19:22-24), but do not think that he experienced life. On the contrary, it simply exposed him. After he received the outpouring, he made himself naked! This illustrates that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is different from the life. The life is not the outpouring; the life is only Christ Himself in the Spirit.