I wish to urge all Christians, especially ministers of the gospel, to give The Spirit-Filled Life a prayerful reading. I feel confident it will bring them help and blessing. It will deepen the conviction of the great need and absolute duty of being filled with the Spirit. It will point out the hindrances and open up the way. It will stir up faith and hope. And I trust it will bring many people to feel that it is at the footstool of the throne – in the absolute surrender of a new consecration – that the blessing is to be received from God himself.
May this book stir up all its readers, not only to seek this blessing for themselves, but also to pray earnestly that God may give the Holy Spirit in power throughout His whole church. It is when the tide comes in that every pool is filled and all the separate little pools are lost in the great ocean. As all believers who know or seek this blessing begin to pray as intensely for each other and all their brethren as for themselves, this is when the power of the Spirit will be fully known. With the prayer that this Spirit-filled book may be greatly blessed of God, I commend it to the study of His children.
- Andrew Murray
About the Author
John MacNeil was born in Scotland in 1854 and was raised in the Central Highlands of Victoria, Australia. He was educated at Ballarat College and Melbourne University, earning a B.A. in 1874. He studied theology at New College, Edinburgh, and was ordained in 1879. MacNeil was a Presbyterian evangelist and minister, and in 1881 he began touring Australia as an itinerant preacher. MacNeil married Hannah Thomas in 1884, and they had five children. But their marriage was a short one, as MacNeil collapsed suddenly and died at the age of forty-two while on tour in Queensland in 1896. His wife, Hannah, wrote his biography, John MacNeil: Late Evangelist in Australia, in 1897.