“We ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving diverse lusts and pleasures... But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared... he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. Titus 3:3-5.
You who are the letter of Christ, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, can you doubt that the Word which is able to bring you home to God has come from Him? Long may a man sit at the feet of a philosopher without giving up his old lustful heart and finding it replaced with a new and holy one!
But even the best philosopher of them all has sins-- such as wrong attitudes--, which are acted out behind the closed doors of the most private room of the inner man. Men could never find out about these sins; but the Word treads on the high places of spiritual wickedness and does not leave any stronghold untaken. It chases sin and Satan to their hiding places and digs lusts out of their holes where they have earthed themselves. The heart itself is no safe sanctuary for sin. The Word will take it-- as it took Joab from the horns of the alter-- in order to slay it.
I cannot give a better example of the Word's converting power than its miraculous conquests when the apostles were first sent out to preach the grace of Christ. Wherever they went the world was up in arms against them and the devil at the head of their troops to resist this ministry of the Word. Yet they turned the world upside down without drawing any other sword but the "everlasting Gospel." Nothing less than the arm of the Almighty could have achieved such triumphs-- sinners renounced idolatries which had deceived them all their lives; and most important of all, sinners received a new Lord, the crucified Jesus."Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell. http://www.moodypublishers.com/pub_productDetail.aspx?id=41823&pid=53617