"Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high."
We have finally departed from the preface of the book The Holiest of All, and now find ourselves in the introduction. Andrew Murray provides the perfect setup. He begins by discussing the author of the Epistle of Hebrews, which is unknown. You can find the entire writing here.
Once Mr. Murray outlines the object of the book, he continues by implying how the book could be relevant to the present time. This is where I find my particular calling. (Remember this book was written in 1894). With anticipation of things to come I present an excerpt of the introduction to The Holiest of All by Andrew Murray:
In the Christian Church of our day the number of members is very large, whose experience corresponds exactly with that which the Epistle pictures and seeks to meet.
How many Christians are there yet who, after the profession of faith in Christ, come to a standstill? “Taking more abundant heed to what they hear;” “giving diligence to enter into the rest of God;” “pressing on to perfection;” “running with patience the race”—just these are the things which are so little found.
So many rest contented with the thought that their sins are pardoned, and that they are in the path of life, but know nothing of a personal attachment to Christ as their Leader, or of a faith that lives in the invisible and walks with God.
With many this is the consequence of the hopelessness that came from the failure of their utmost efforts to live as they desired. They struggled in their own strength; they knew not Christ as the secret of strength; they lost heart, and went back.
The profession of faith is not cast away; religious habits are kept up; but there is nothing to show that they have entered or are seeking to enter the Holiest to dwell there.
The power of the world, the spirit of its literature, the temptations of business, and pleasure, all unite to make up a religion in which it is sought to combine a comfortable hope for the future with the least possible amount of sacrifice in the present.
The Epistle, with its warnings, is indeed a glass in which the Church of the present day may see itself.