Over the years I have met many people I would consider intellectuals. Many of these people when it came to spirituality were able to discuss it from the outside looking in, like a stranger peering into someone’s living room window. It is very possible for an intellectual person to be so blinded that nothing spiritual ever touches him/her personally.
A person can also read the Bible and be able to quote the Psalms and the gospels like he’s beating a drum, and still miss the message of Jesus Christ. The bottom line is it comes down to either obedience or inward blindness. You can know the doctrine of justification by faith…and be blind inwardly. For it is not the body of truth that enlightens; it is the Spirit of Truth who enlightens.
If you are willing to obey Jesus Christ, He will illuminate your spirit. He will inwardly enlighten you. The truth you have known intellectually will now be known to you spiritually. Power will begin to flow up and out of you…and you will find yourself changed, marvelously changed!
Luke 6:46 (Amplified Bible)
46 Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not [practice] what I tell you?