THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST
By Andrew Murray
Introduction: Doug Krieger
The 1888 version of The Spirit of Christ authored by the great Bible Teacher and Evangelist, Andrew Murray (Afrikaner-Dutch) of South Africa, should be heard loud and clear...his text is one of the most marvelous presentations on the topic and of great comfort (the Comforter has come) to the Church at the close of this age--in particular, it is the ministry of the Spirit Who presents, declares, and illuminates (Zechariah 4 and Revelation 1) . . . in the midst of the Churches.
This much misunderstood and even distorted ministry in what Charismatics and Pentecostals declare as the "Age of the Spirit" is accurate in one sense, but sorely short-sighted in another sense--if the emphasis is upon the Third Person of the Trinity as the Church's empowerment throughout the Church Age, fine; if, however, we neglect throughout the Church Age that it is this empowerment that shall culminate at the end of this Church Age (solely) then we have missed the mark . . . the ministry of the Spirit of Christ--the Latter Rain--is the final preparation of His Bride.
Notwithstanding, it is this "Latter Rain" and those who have abused the Ministry of the Spirit that disturbs to the extent that the Great Deception has taken on this task to project an exclusivity of ministry of the Spirit which does not exist (e.g., those who would incorporate the so-called five-fold ministry which "descends" through a special class of anointed ones or prophets) or its other extremity wherein the Church is wholly neglected and the supremacy of the individual (as is found in Doug Shearer's latest articles @ The Tribulation Network) is the sole practice--whereas, the entire ministry of the Spirit is the reflection of Christ, His Body.
It is, again, altogether unfortunate, that spurious teachings on the ministry of the Spirit, and His Person, have been distorted throughout the ages--Modalism and today's confusions and terminology of Witness Lee's Progressive Christ (i.e., "The Father became the Son, the Son became the Spirit")--and, most certainly, the simplistic efforts of the "Jesus Only" people amongst the UPC (United Pentecostal Church) and other break-a-ways from the initial Pentecostal movement in America (cir. 1906, etc.).
Likewise, and although Brother Murray ultimately aligned his ministry toward the Keswick "inner life" -- he was loathe to consign the inner workings of the Spirit of Christ to the believer thereby endangering to spiritual pride; instead, and thankfully, he was spiritually balanced "enough" to recognize that the Christian's inner life demanded a concerted responsibility in the preaching of the gospel--the clothing or empowerment from on high for service (so simply and eloquently spoken of by Dwight L. Moody)--thence, Murray's astounding outreach throughout the world, and, in particular, amongst the native populations of his Africa.
The timing of this classic (1888) prior to the Welsh Revivals of Evan Roberts and the Holiness-Pentecostals, Parham-Bartleman-Seymour et al, proclaims the orthodox, yet dynamic, ministry of the Spirit under His anointing through the pen of this servant of Christ. It is only fitting that during the 100-years' commemoration of the birth of the modern Pentecostal movement (1906-2006) that we pray, as the Apostle Paul:
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your hearts being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come." (Ephesians 1:17-21).
Finally, as we publish this e-book--making it available for our immediate and extended readership--it is with a keen prophetic declaration and hope, as we approach the final hours of this age, that the words spoken to the Beloved John in the Revelation will descend upon His Two Witnesses for that final witness and testimony:
"I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth--these are the two olives trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth . . . and if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner . . . these have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire" (Revelation 11:3-6).
This prophetic outburst which ultimately confronts the Beast from the Abyss (Revelation 11:7-14) is the same "Spirit of Christ" spoken of by the Apostle Peter (I Peter 1:11) "who was in them . . . indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow." The sufferings of Christ, testified in the prophets and the saints throughout the Church Age--they will climax in the Testimony of Jesus through His Two Witnesses--Israel and the Church (i.e., the Two Olive Trees and the Two Lampstands); then, and only then, will the "sufferings of Christ" be filled up ("I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church" - Colossians 1:24).
Not through our "outer eyes" is it ours to fully comprehend this unfathomable ministry of the Spirit of Christ--but through the eyes of our hearts being enlightened by the Holy Spirit; for only then can we comprehend that for which we have been apprehended by God!
The ministry of the Spirit of Christ is the preparation of the Bride of Christ, His Body--The New Jerusalem. Andrew Murray is not remiss in declaring the counsel of God in the ministry of the Spirit--we take heed and insight into the wisdom and illumination provided by the Spirit Who testified through this humble and effective servant of the Lord; especially, during the growing distortions and deceptions of him who deceives and corrupts the true ministry of the Spirit of Christ prior to the coming of Messiah for His people.
May those who claim the ministry of the Spirit--Charismatics, Pentecostals, in particular--know the depth and liberty of the Spirit as well . . . for not only are we, His Body and Bride, clothed with power from on high, but we are, as well, a Holy Priesthood, inwardly filled by the same Spirit of Christ who has empowered us as His Royal Priesthood . . . the empowering or Baptism of the Spirit for service and demonstration to the world is wrought by the inner grace of the Spirit of Christ who indwells us and conforms us to His image!
God bless us all as from time to time we consider the words of Brother Murray . . . while "it is day" - for our complete redemption draws very nigh . . .
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Preface : By Andrew Murray. 15 August 1888
1. A New Spirit, and God's Spirit-Ezek. 36: 26, 27
2. The Baptism of the Spirit-John 1: 83
3. Worship in the Spirit-John 4: 23, 24
4. The Spirit and the Word---John 6: 63, 68
5. The Spirit of the Glorified Jesus-John 7: 37, 38
6. The Indwelling Spirit-John 14: 16, 17
7. The Spirit given to the Obedient-John 14: 15, 16 .
8. Knowing the Spirit- John 14: 17
9. The Spirit of Truth-John 15: 26
10. The Expediency of the Spirit's Coming-John 16: 7
11. The Spirit glorifying Christ-John 16: 7, 14
12. The Spirit convincing of Sin-John 16: 8, 9
13. Waiting for the Spirit-Acts 1: 4
14. The Spirit of Power-Acts 1: 6, 8
15. The Outpouring of the Spirit-Acts 2: 1, 4
16. The Holy Spirit and Missions-Acts 13: 1-4
17. The Newness of the Spirit-Rom. 7: 6
18. The Liberty of the Spirit-Rom. 8: 2 , 13
19. The Leading of the Spirit-Rom. 8: 14
20. The Spirit of Prayer-Rom.8: 26, 27
21. The Holy Spirit and Conscience- Rom. 9: 1
22. The Revelation of the Spirit-1 Cor. 2: 4-15
23. Spiritual or Carnal-1 Cor. 3: 1-3
24. The Temple of the Holy Spirit-1 Cor. 3: 1-16
25 The Ministry of the Spirit-2 Cor.3: 6, 7.
26 The Spirit and the Flesh-Gal. 3: 3
27. The Spirit through Faith-Gal.3: 13, 14
28. Walking by the Spirit-Gal.5: 16, 24, 25
29. The Spirit of Love-Gal. 5: 22
30. The Unity of the Spirit-Eph. 4:1-4
31. Filled with the Spirit-Eph.5: 18