“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.”
We continue with a review of the preface to the book The Holiest of All. Andrew Murray wrote this in the year 1894. If Christians were struggling with their maturity even then, without all of the distractions we have now of instant communication, instant news, and instant everything, I can imagine he would be deeply troubled at what is taking place today.
As a reminder, he is introducing a study of the Epistle of Hebrews in this preface. He continues with a very moving admonition that I hope many of you will prayerfully consider:
The knowledge of Christ Jesus that we need for conversion does not suffice for growth, for progress, for sanctification, for maturity.
Just as there are two dispensations, the Old Testament and the New, and the saints of the Old, with all their faith and fear of God, could not obtain the more perfect life of the New, so with the two stages in the Christian life of which the Epistle speaks.
Those who, through sloth, remain babes in Christ, and do not press on to maturity, are ever in danger of hardening their heart, of coming short and falling away.
Only those who hold fast the beginning firm to the end, who give diligence to enter the rest, who press on unto perfection, do in very deed inherit and enjoy the wonderful new covenant blessings secured to us in Christ.
And the great object of the Epistle is to show us that if we will but follow the Lord fully, and yield ourselves wholly to what God in Christ is ready to do, we shall find in the gospel and in Christ everything that we need for a life of joy and strength and final victory.