Listen to a series of lectures by John Murray on Sanctification. (Third Millennium Ministries)
The atonement lies at the very center of the Christian faith. The free and sovereign love of God is the source of the accomplishment of redemption, as the Bible's most familiar text (John 3:16) makes clear.
For thoughtful Christians since the time of the Apostle Paul, that text has started, not ended, the discussion of redemption—and few interpreters have explored in depth the biblical passages dealing with the atonement as penetratingly or precisely as John Murray, who, until his death in 1975, was regarded by many as the foremost conservative theologian in the English-speaking world.
In this enduring study of the atonement, Murray systematically explains the two sides of redemption: its accomplishment by Christ and its application to the life of the redeemed. In Part I Murray considers the necessity, nature, perfection, and extent of the atonement. In Part II Murray offers careful expositions of the scriptural teaching about calling, regeneration, faith and repentance, justification, adoption, sanctification, perseverance, union with Christ, and glorification.
About the Author
John Murray (1898–1975) was born in Scotland and educated in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Princeton. He spent most of his distinguished career teaching systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. His other works include Principles of Conduct: Aspects of Biblical Ethics and The Covenant of Grace.
Publisher: Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication Date: 1955
ISBN 10: 0802811434
ISBN 13: 9780802811431
“Murray's Redemption Accomplished and Applied is a classic in the field of Reformed biblical and systematic theology. Carefully exegetical and thoroughly Reformed, Murray offers insightful reflection on Christ's atonement and its application to the church. The book consists of two basic sections: "Redemption Accomplished" and "Redemption Applied." ... The bulk of the book is given over to the application of redemption where Murray notes, following John Calvin, that union with Christ is really the central soteric blessing and as such underlies every redemptive blessing in the covenant of grace. Murray's treatment of redemption helps to highlight the differences between a Reformed understanding of the application of redemption and that of other traditions. Another helpful aspect of his work is the relationship displayed between exegesis and systematic theology. Murray refuses to reduce systematic theology to historical theology; instead, systematic theology must be regulated by careful, redemptive, historical exegesis. This is an extremely competent work.
- Jeff Waddington, Westminster Bookstore Staff