“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.” Hebrews 1:1-2 HCSB
We find ourselves faced with a matter of great significance. Mr. Murray believed that understanding the two stages in which God deals with man was top priority. He does not want us to be content with the first stage. He wants us to know “the living Word,” in all its “life and power.”
I have gone over this chapter repeatedly hoping to find superfluous words, desperately trying to summarize what Mr. Murray is saying here. However, each word and thought bears much weight. While I have never been content with the lower stage he describes, somehow God is maximizing the reality and depth of "the divine indwelling Word [as it] reveals its power within.”
We continue where we left off in chapter II titled “The Son - More Than the Prophets” in The Holiest of All by Andrew Murray:
It is of the utmost consequence for our spiritual life that we should rightly understand these two stages in God's dealing with man. In two ways, not in one; not in more than two; in two ways has God spoken.
They indicate what, in substance, is God's way with every Christian. There is, after his conversion, a time of preparation and testing, to see whether he willingly and heartily sacrifices all for the full blessing. If in this stage he perseveres in earnest effort and striving, he will be brought to learn the two lessons the Old Testament was meant to teach.
He will become more deeply conscious of his own impotence, and the strong desire will be wakened after a better life, to be found in the full revelation of Christ as able to save completely. When these two lessons are learned—the lesson of despair of self and hope in God alone—the soul is prepared, if it will yield itself in faith to the leading of the Holy Spirit, to enter truly into the New Testament life within the veil, in the very Holiest of All, as it is set forth in this Epistle.
Where Christians, through defective instruction, or through neglect and sloth, do not understand God's way for leading them on unto perfection, the Christian life will always remain full of feebleness and failure. It was thus with the Hebrew Christians. They belonged to the New Testament, but their life was anything but the exhibition of the power and joy Christ came to reveal.
They were far behind what many of the Old Testament saints had been; and the reason was this— they knew not the heavenly character of the redemption Christ had brought. They knew not the heavenly place in which He ministers, nor the heavenly blessing He dispenses, nor the heavenly power in which He secures our enjoyment of these blessings.
They knew not the difference between the prophets and the Son; what it means that God has now spoken to us in His Son. The one object of the Epistle is to set before us the heavenly priesthood of Christ and the heavenly life to which He in His divine power gives us access. It is this that gives the Epistle its inestimable value for all time that it teaches us the way out of the elementary stage of the Christian life to that of full and perfect access to God.