Your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:5)
When we study the New Testament record, we see plainly that Christ’s conflict was with the theological rationalists of His day.
John’s gospel record is actually a long, inspired, passionately-outpoured account trying to save us from evangelical rationalism—the doctrine that says the text is enough.
Divine revelation is the ground upon which we stand. The Bible is the book of God and I stand for it with all my heart; but before I can be saved, there must be illumination, penitence, renewal, inward deliverance.
In our Christendom, we have tried to ease many people into the kingdom but they have never been renewed within their own beings. The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians that their faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God! There is a difference.
We must insist that conversion to Christ is a miraculous act of God by the Holy Spirit—it must be wrought in the Spirit. There must be an inward illumination!