"The whole of salvation…is by faith…. This is also true of the gift and the working of the Holy Spirit. By faith — not by works nor by feeling — do I receive Him; am I led by Him; am I filled with Him…. And the Holy Spirit accomplishes in me and works in me the willingness to perform all that is necessary for my salvation."
The Lord says to Christians: 'Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you have been sealed unto the day of redemption!' Eph. 4:30.
Here Murray comments: "How do I know that I shall continue standing; that I shall be kept; that I shall increase? The question dishonours the Holy Spirit…. As God sees that every moment there is air for me to breathe — so shall the Holy Spirit unceasingly maintain life in the hidden depths of my soul. He will not break off His own work…. The beginning and the end of the work of the Spirit — is to reveal Jesus to me, and to cause me to abide in Him….
"It is by the Holy Spirit that the child of God is sealed — separated and stamped and marked as the possession of God. This sealing is not a dead or external action…. It is a living process, which has power in the soul and gives firm assurance of faith only when it is experienced through the life
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of the Spirit in us. On this account, we are to take great care not to grieve the Spirit. In Him alone can you have every day the joyful certainty and the full blessing of your childship.
"How can anyone grieve the Spirit? Above all, by yielding to sin…. There is first, lying…. Then there is anger…. Then there is stealing…. Then, says the apostle, 'no corrupt speech'…. If you would walk in the stability and joy of faith — listen to the Word: 'Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God!'"
Prayed Murray: “Father in heaven! Thou didst send Thy Son to reveal Thyself to us — by Father-love, and [by] all which that love has for us! And He has taught us, that the gift above all gifts which Thou wouldest bestow in answer to prayer, is the Holy Spirit. O my Father! I come to Thee with this prayer. There is nothing I would…desire so much, as to be filled with the Spirit, the Holy Spirit! The blessings He brings, are so unspeakable — and just what I need. He sheds abroad Thy love in the heart…. He endues from on high for all my walk and work! I long for this!
"O Father! I beseech Thee, give me this day the fulness of Thy Spirit! … Thou hearest my prayer. I receive now what I ask, Father. I claim and I take it. The fulness of Thy Spirit is mine.
"I receive the gift this day again, as a faith-gift. By faith, I appropriate my Father's working [through the Son and in the Spirit’s power] of all that He has promised."
The role of the Ten Commandments in Murray's theology of sanctification, should be noted very carefully. In his famous book The School of Obedience, he insists that "the Father in heaven asks and requires and actually expects that every child of His yield Him whole-hearted and entire obedience, day by day, and all the day.
"God's Law is written in your heart. If you believe this firmly, and come to say to God that His Law is there in your inmost part, and hold up that heart to the light and heat of the Holy Spirit, you will find…[that] the Law written in the heart will mean to you the fervent love of God's commands, with the power to obey them…. Christian, believe that the Law lives in your inmost being! Speak in faith the words of David and of Christ: 'I delight to do Thy will, O God! Yea, Thy Law is written on my heart!" Ps. 40:8; John 4:34; Heb. 10:7-16.