I fear there is a milk toast Christianity present in our churches today. Absent is the rugged reality of the N.T. that we see Paul writing about. I fear in many churches there is no need for the death of Jesus. All that is required is an occasional showing up, some pious talk, and a collection plate. There is no experience of the supernatural or the miraculous. There seems to be a lack of genuine presence of the H.S. that causes people to say, “That is the work of God Almighty.”
The N.T. example of the Christian experience is that of a personal, passionate devotion to Jesus. Any other kind of so-called Christian experience is detached from the person of Jesus, and there is no regeneration, no sanctification, no being born again into the kingdom in which Christ lives and reigns supreme. There is only the idea that Jesus is our pattern, a figurehead, or an example to follow, and nothing more.
Jesus said, “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come. … He will glorify me” (John 16:13-14). When we commit ourselves to the revealed truth of the N.T., we receive from God the gift of the H.S., who then begins interpreting to us what Jesus did, and making us like him through sanctification and regeneration. The Spirit of God does in us internally all the J.C. did for us externally. Jesus is all-sufficient in saving us, for he cleanses us on the outside and on the inside.