I believe there is a positive warning in the gospels that a person’s faith may stand in the revealed Bible text and still be as dead as the proverbial doornail! Consider the prayer of our Lord in Matthew 11: “All things are delivered unto me of my Father; and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” There is more than a body of truth, and if we do not get through to the soul of truth, we have only a dead body on our hands. When the power of God moves in on the text and sets the sacrifice on fire, then you have genuine Christianity! We try to call that revival, but it is not revival at all. It is simply New Testament Christianity. People who thought they were saved get saved! People who have only believed in a code now have placed their faith and trust in Christ’s person. It is not any deluxe edition of Christianity; it is simply New Testament Christianity having its place!
Neither knoweth any man the father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son shall reveal him. Matthew 11:27
There is more than a body of truth, and if we do not get through to the soul of truth, we have only a dead body on our hands.
Lord, let us teach the lost the true nature of salvation. May our approach to the regeneration not be dead and meaningless but vibrant and alive, and based on the person and the work of Christ most of all.