It has been said that Christianity is “more then a notion.”
That’s exactly right.
The Christian faith cannot be “got” by study, cannot be “had” by works and is not a goal attained by striving. The natural mind is in a position of extreme hostility toward God and His moral Law. (Rom 8.7) The faith once delivered is not a concept to be seized and mastered but a gift of God freely given. (John 6.65, Eph. 2.8-9) In the preaching of the Gospel we find the truth of revelation and this revelation must be experimentally known. As we find ourselves before a trice holy God we are convicted for breaking His righteous Law. The Holy Spirit moves in the soul to bring us to acknowledge our guilt and brokenness before Him and His righteousness.
This is why Christianity is more then a notion.
It is felt as well as known.
It is experienced as well as understood by the mind.
We come to hate sin and find Jesus Christ precious. The Holy Spirit convinces the broken sinner of the shamefulness of sin and then brings the offender to a place where they can, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”