I agree with Carl Trueman, that this book is “a miniture masterpiece of theology.” Written by John Murray in 1955, Murray aims to show forth the beauty of our salvation by defining its order and observing its Trinitarian nature, namely, that God the Father planned redemption in eternity past, accomplished salvation in the person and work of His Son, Jesus Christ, and applied that salvation to His chosen people through the work of the Holy Spirit. I recommend this worshipful book to all who endeavor to understand more fully and accurately the great salvation found in Christ alone.
- “The very nature of Christ’s mission and accomplishment is involved in this question. Did Christ come to make salvation of all men possible, to remove obstacles that stood in the way of salvation, and merely to make provision for salvation? Or did he come to save his people? Did he come to put all men in a salvable state? Or did he come to secure the salvation of all those who are ordained to eternal life? Did he come to make men redeemable? Or did he come to effectually and infallibly to redeem?…Design and accomplishment and final realization have all the same extent” (pg. 62).
- Commenting on Romans 6:4-5, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, and Colossians 3:3: “All for whom Christ died also died in Christ. All who died in Christ rose again with Christ. This rising again with Christ is a rising to newness of life after the likeness of Christ’s resurrection. To die with Christ is, therefore, to die to sin and to rise with him to the life of new obedience, to live not to ourselves but to him who died for us and rose again. The inference is inevitable that those for whom Christ died are those and those only who die to sin and live to righteousness” (pg. 69).
- “Calling is an act of God’s grace and power just as regeneration, justification, and adoption are. We do not call ourselves, we do not set ourselves apart by sovereign volition any more than we regenerate, justify, or adopt ourselves. Calling is an act of God and of God alone. This fact should make us keenly aware how dependent we are upon the sovereign grace of God in the application of redemption” (cf. 1 Cor. 1:9; 2 Tim. 1:8-9; pg. 92).
- “Is is God the Father who is the specific agent in the effectual call…The Father is not far removed from the effectuation of that which he designed in his eternal counsel and accomplishment in the death of his Son; he comes into the most intimate relation to his people in the application of redemption by being the specific and particular actor in the inception of such application” (cf. Rom. 8:30; pg. 93).
- “Regeneration is inseparable from its effects and one of the effects is faith. Without regeneration it is morally and spiritually impossible for a person to believe in Christ, but when a person is regenerated it is morally and spiritually impossible for that person not to believe” (cf. John 6:37, 44, 45; pg. 111).
- “The fact that regeneration is the prerequisite of faith in no way relieves us of the responsibility to believe nor does it eliminate the priceless privilege that is ours as Christ and his claims are pressed upon us in full and free overtures of his grace. Our inability is no excuse for our unbelief nor does it provide us with any reason for not believing. As we are presented with Christ in the gospel there is no reason for the rejection of unbelief and all reason demands the entrustment of faith” (pg. 118).
- “If we remember that repentance is turning from sin unto God, the turning to God implies faith in the mercy of God as revealed in Christ. It is impossible to disentangle faith and repentance. Saving faith is permeated with repentance and repentance is permeated with faith” (pg. 119).
- “The more sanctified the person is, the more conformed he is to the image of his Savior, the more he must recoil against every lack of conformity to the holiness of God. The deeper his apprehension of the majesty of God, the greater the intensity of his love to God, the more persistent his yearning for the attainment of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, the more conscious will he be of the gravity of the sin which remains and the more poignant will be his detestation of it” (pg. 153).
- “It is true that a believer sins; he may fall into grievous sin and backslide for lengthy periods. But it is also true that a believer cannot abandon himself to sin; he cannot come under the dominion of sin; he cannot be guilty of certain kinds of unfaithfulness. And therefore it is utterly wrong to say that a believer is secure quite irrespective of his subsequent life of sin and unfaithfulness. The truth is that the faith of Jesus Christ is always respective of the life of holiness and fidelity. And so it is never proper to think of a believer irrespective of the fruits of faith and holiness. To say that a believer is secure whatever may be the extent of his addiction to sin in his subsequent life is to abstract faith in Christ from its very definition and it ministers to that abuse that turns the grace of God into lasciviousness” (pgs. 163-164).
- “Glorification is glorification with Christ. Remove the latter and we have robbed the glorification of believers of the one thing that enables them to look forward to this event with confidence, with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (pgs. 189-190).
Table of Contents
- The Necessity of the Atonement
- The Nature of the Atonement
- The Perfection of the Atonement
- The Extent of the Atonement
- The Order of Application
- Effectual Calling
- Faith and Repentance
- Union with Christ
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