The plague of the Pharisees, in olden times, was that they embraced a doctrine that was devoid of love. It was not the teachings of the Pharisees that Jesus had a quarrel with, rather it was their hardened heart and their darken spirit. It was because of their hardness of heart that Jesus often took occasion to confront them.
It was religion that put Jesus on the cross, religion without the indwelling Spirit. A hardened spirit with the word of truth may actually be worse than a blaspheming pagan kneeling before a fetish!
We are only safe when the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, and only when our minds are indwelt by that loving Fire that came at Pentecost. For the Holy Spirit is not a luxury, not something added now and again to produce a “super-type” of Christian once in a generation.
The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is for every child of God! His vital necessity to fill and indwell His people is more than a languid hope…It is the key to showing the love of Jesus to a broken world!
In Jesus name…Amen.