A Complete Christian Life

I finally feel free to begin a review of what we have already covered of Andrew Murray's book The Holiest of All. This updated post is titled A Complete Christian Life and was originally published September 30, 2013.

As much as I love the book of Hebrews, I have never had the mental stamina for an in-depth study. God has chosen this time for me to pursue it. I anticipate great things from this book.

After much searching through my usual resources for commentary or illustration, I keep coming back to the same place repeatedly. Nothing can come close to the treasure I found in Andrew Murray’s classic book The Holiest of All. The following is a brief summary of the book:

It is only the full and perfect knowledge of what Christ is and does for us that can bring us to a complete Christian life. In this study of the Epistle to the Hebrews, Murray explains: how to have a life of joy, strength, and final victory; the cure for all our failures and weaknesses; how to destroy the Devil's power; God's holy place; the power of the blood; the witness of the Holy Spirit; and false and true riches.

It is interesting that Andrew Murray opens with a statement that could not ring more truly for this day and age. Therefore, I begin this journey at his preface to the book:

When first I undertook the preparation of this exposition in Dutch for the Christian people among whom I labor, it was under a deep conviction that the Epistle just contained the instruction they needed.

In reproducing it in English, this impression has been confirmed, and it is as if nothing could be written more exactly suited to the state of the whole Church of Christ in the present day.

The great complaint of all who have the care of souls is the lack of whole-heartedness, of steadfastness, of perseverance and progress in the Christian life.

Many, of whom one cannot but hope that they are true Christians, come to a standstill, and do not advance beyond the rudiments of Christian life and practice.

And many more do not even remain stationary, but turn back to a life of worldliness, of formality, of indifference.

And the question is continually being asked, what is the want in our religion that, in so many cases, it gives no power to stand, to advance, to press on unto perfection?

And what is the teaching that is needed to give that health and vigor to the Christian life that, through all adverse circumstances, it may be able to hold fast the beginning firm to the end.