This is one in the long string of “things we take for granted.” But it may be the gravest.
“David Brainerd once compared a man without the power of the Holy Spirit trying to do spiritual work to a workman without fingers attempting manual labour. The figure is striking but does not overstate the facts. The Holy Spirit is not a luxury meant to make deluxe Christians, as an illuminated frontispiece and leather binding make a deluxe book. The Spirit is an imperative necessity. Only the Eternal Spirit can do eternal deeds.
“Without exhausting the list of things wrongly taken for granted I would mention one more: Millions take for granted that it is possible to live for Christ without first having died with Christ. This is a serious error and we dare not leave it unchallenged.
“The victorious Christian has known two lives. The first was his life in Adam which was motivated by the carnal mind and can never please God in any way. It can never be converted; it can only die (Romans 8:5-8). The second life of the Christian is His new life in Christ (6:1-14). To live a Christian life with the life of Adam is wholly impossible. Yet multitudes take for that it can be done and go on year after year in defeat. And worst of all the accept this half-dead condition as normal.
“For our own soul’s sake, let’s not take to much for granted.”
Young friends who read this site -dear, dear friends- I have in company failed you in every way. But take seriously what this man says, for the good of your souls. Christ has spilled His blood not for our leisure, but He’s means to show us the urgency of our position. Do not take anything for granted.