The sentimental religious movements of today have none of the rugged reality of the New Testament. Nothing in what they teach requires the death of Jesus Christ. All they require is prayer and devotion and a pious atmosphere. This type of religious experience isn’t supernatural or miraculous. It didn’t cost the passion of God. It isn’t dyed in the blood of the Lamb or stamped with the Holy Spirit. It doesn’t have the quality that makes people say with awe and wonder, “That is the work of God Almighty.”

The type of Christian experience the New Testament talks about is the experience of personal, passionate devotion to the person of Jesus Christ. Every other type of so-called Christian experience is detached from the person of Jesus. There’s no regeneration—no being born again into the kingdom where Christ lives—only the idea that he is a role model. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ is Savior long before he is a role model. Today he is often dismissed as the mere figurehead of a religion or as an example we should follow. Jesus Christ is a figurehead and an example, but he is also infinitely more. He is Salvation itself. He is the Gospel of God.

Jesus said, “When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, . . . he will glorify me” (John 16:13–14). When I commit myself to the revelation made in the New Testament, I receive from God the gift of the Holy Spirit, who begins to interpret to me what Jesus did, who does in me what Jesus Christ did for me. This is the supernatural, miraculous means by which I enter into a personal relationship with my Lord and become absolutely his.

Wisdom from Oswald

The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God you fear everything else. “Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord”;…  The Highest Good—The Pilgrim’s Song Book, 537 L