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1. Collected Writings of John Murray:
2. Principles of Conduct: Aspects
3. Behind A Frowning Providence
4. Collected Writings of John Murray:
5. Word Biblical Commentary Vol.
6. Room Service
7. Christian Baptism
8. The Problem of God: Yesterday
9. Redemption Accomplished and Applied
10. Divorce / by John Murray
11. Collected Writings of John Murray:
12. The Covenant of Grace: A Biblico-Theological
13. Divorce
14. Collected Writings of John Murray:
15. The Epistle to the Romans: The
16. The Life of Rev. John Murray
17. John Courtney Murray & the
18. Collected Writings of John Murray:
19. Murray on Contracts
20. We Hold These Truths and More:

1. Collected Writings of John Murray: Lectures in Systematic Theology
by John Murray
Hardcover: 428 Pages (1978-12)
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5-0 out of 5 stars That He Might Establish His Word
Standing on the shoulders of the best theologians ever to appear in succession - the Hodges, BB Warfield, and Geerhardus Vos, John Murray represents the pinnacle of theological achievement in the modern world. He came from Scotland to study at old Princeton in the fall of 1924. The incredible responsibility of continuing the role of world-renown Bible expositor and distinguished theologian, was humbly, yet fully demonstrated by John Murray through excellence in biblical theism. And therefore, in this reviewer's opinion, the most trustworthy and competent theology to ever appear would be this present volume. It is second to none. Systematic theologians of the modern order, such as Millard Erickson, Robert L Reymond, Tom Schreiner, Wayne Grudem (and even Arnold Fruchtenbaum, although he does not state his sources) have extensively referred to and satisfyingly quoted from this masterpiece. It can simply not be outdone.

Collected articles, addresses, sermons and lectures have posthumously been compiled in this work. 'Here we have unsearchable wisdom, facets of revelation that pertain to ways past finding out.'

'This is to say that there must be in the eternal plan or design as archetype, what corresponds to that which is fulfilled in execution. God the Father sent His Son into the world to redeem men. This central fact in accomplishment must have been central in the design.' 2:124

'By the incarnation and by taking the form of a servant, the Son came to sustain new relations to the Father and the Holy Spirit. He became subject to the Father and dependent upon the operations of the Holy Spirit. It is our Lord's servanthood that advertises this subordination more than any other office.' 2:139

'The fact that calling is an act of God, and of God alone, should impress upon us the divine monergism in the initiation of salvation in actual procession. We become partakers of redemption by an act of God that instates us in the realm of salvation, and all the corresponding changes in us and in our attitudes and reactions are the result of the saving forces at work within the realm into which, by God's sovereign and efficacious act, we have been ushered. The call, as that by which the predestinating purpose begins to take effect, is in this respect of divine monergism after the pattern of predestination itself. It is of God and God alone.'The Call, 2:166

'It would be exegetically impossible to exclude from the scope of the spiritual blessing the blessings specified in the immediately succeeding context - adoption (Eph 1:5), redemption and forgiveness of sins (vs 7), the knowledge of the mystery of God's will (vs 9), the inheritance (vs 11), and the seal of the Holy Spirit as the earnest of this inheritance (vss 13, 14).Hence the election is logically and causally prior to all blessing bestowed. In accordance with which all spiritual blessing is bestowed and is in the possession of the believer, is something that antedates all history, namely election. This order cannot be reversed. Anything that falls into the category of spiritual blessing cannot be regarded as in any way conditioning election.' 2: 126

'Here our interest is the expressions 'being predestined...according to the good pleasure of His will' (Eph 1:5), 'the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Him' (vs 9), 'having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will' (vs 11). The central issue of the plan of salvation can be staked on these expressions. This latter expression is surely the will unto salvation revealed in the gospel with which the whole passage is concerned. As respects both - predestination and the mystery of His will - it is to trifle with the plain import of the terms, and with the repeated emphasis, to impose upon the terms any determining factor arising from the will of man. If he meant to say anything in these expressions in verses 5, 9 and 11, it is that God's predestination, and His will to salvation, proceeds from the pure sovereignty and absolute determination of His counsel. It is the unconditioned and unconditional election of God's grace.' 2:127

'There is however, another angle from which the plan of salvation must be viewed. To say the least, there is another aspect of God's counsel of salvation that must be appended to the discussion of the plan of salvation, apart from which our construction of the plan of salvation fails to take account of what is necessarily germane. If we are alert to the demands of exegesis, we will have detected the requirement. Much has been said of the electing love of God as the fountain, and as that which conditions salvation in all its phases. But it is God the Father who is the subject. God the Father is the subject in Ephesians 1: 4, 5, as is shown by verse 3: 'Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.' It is apparent also in Romans 8: 29, for the subject is the person of whom it can be said that He 'predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.' The Father alone sustains such a relationship to the Son. Much else could be adduced from Scripture to the same effect. In a word, therefore, our concept of the plan of salvation is bereft of what is most precious, if it fails to take account of this.' 2:130

'Here (adoption) we have the ultimate source and the highest privilege brought together.'2:230

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2. Principles of Conduct: Aspects of Biblical Ethics
by John Murray
Paperback: 272 Pages (1991-09)
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This classic study addresses ethical questions relating to such topics as marriage, labor, capital punishment, truthfulness, Jesus' teaching in the Sermon on the Mount, law and grace, and the fear of God. Murray points the reader to all of Scripture as the basic authority in matters of Christian conduct. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Principles of Conduct: Reformed Biblical Ethics
Scottish born John Murray (1898-1975) was a professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, rightly esteemed as one of the most exceptional Reformed theologians of the 20th century. He studied under J. Gresham Machen at Princeton Theological Seminary. In "Principles of Conduct: Aspects of Biblical Ethics" Murray discusses ethical issues such as:

- Marriage
- Divorce
- Capital punishment
- Lying and deception
- The Sermon on the Mount
- Law and Grace.

Professor Murray guides the reader to the Bible and the Decalogue as the indispensable foundation to discern proper Christian conduct and morals.

The author insists on a clear distinction between the law of God and grace provided by the Gospel of Christ. Hence a Christian is saved and perseveres by grace alone as he obeys God's word because he IS saved and desires to please the Lord. The"truth is that if law is conceived of as contributing in the least degree towards our acceptance with God and our justification by him, then the gospel is" nullified (p. 182).

I would personally assert: Our epistemological means of discerning what is good and right is found in the Bible. That is our authority and our guide. Man is not the standard. Reason is not the standard. Pragmatism is not the standard. And utilitarianism is not the standard. Why? Because only the Bible can provide a standard based on an all-knowing and unchanging being, God. The standard must be based on an immutable and omniscient source or ethics could change. Only an all-knowing being could make laws that should be universally applied to all men at all times. If moral laws were based on finite humanity: lying and murder could be good. This is impossible and collapses the shelf that it sits on. If lying could be good, there can be no truth, which is a truth claim. This is self-impaling.

We are ruled by a sovereign God who gives us laws and proscriptions that do not change because He cannot change. There is no place for autonomy. Nietzsche and Hitler proclaimed an ethic based on autonomy and survival of the fittest. Their values led to the deaths of millions. If a philosopher, judge, or politicians try to dismiss God from ethics, they end up with mass graves; it's self-stultifying Liberty is not autonomy. Liberty is freedom to be who you are and what you want to be within the values of God's word. Without Biblical restrictions from an immutable God, injustice would flourish. To have upstanding people, a nation must have a moral code from an unchanging and all-knowing God. Only He can provide an unchanging standard of good since He alone is unchanging.

The Christian is to be taught that obedience is to be motivated by love. The believer is to follow God's law because he loves God and his fellow man. God is good and loving. This truth infuses obedient love into the believer's heart, by the power and person of the Holy Spirit, through faith. If you love Jesus, you are called to follow His moral law. If a church loves Jesus, it is going to instruct and admonish its members to follow God's law.

For most modern Christians, Murray is not a smooth read, yet this work is profound and unambiguous. Yes for the theological novice it may be difficult to comprehend, but it is well worth the effort. I urge all theologians, ethicists, ministers, and apologists to read this superb treatise.
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3-0 out of 5 stars hit or miss
John Murray's work is a brief, evangelical, reformed articulation of biblical ethics as unified and consistent and specifically following the contours of creation ordinances.Murray finds a great deal of mandate in various aspects of creation, even though these are implicit and not explicit.He is at his best when he synthesizes several biblical passages on a topic, but he bases a bit too much "ought" on vagaries that he fails to demonstrate.For example, he claims that Genesis 2:2-3 "proves that the Sabbath was a creation ordinance and, as such, must have been known to Adam."The text makes no such claim and is at best only consistent with Murray's point.This tendency is by no means constant, but it is frequent enough to make many of his points seem convincing only to those already in agreement with him.Also, while many sound judgments find their way into his text, the general tenor of some of his treatments seem to miss the greater force of biblical direction.Two chapters particularly worth mentioning here are the ones on labor and on truth.

In his chapter on labor, Murray does manage to mention the importance of "justice and equity" in our economic dealings, but he does not sufficiently integrate this or the impact that the fall had on labor, namely in that 1) it (labor) became burdensome and 2) socio-economic relationships have since been plagued with injustice, as is decried time and again by holy scripture, though this does not explicitly fit into Murray's narrow focus of "creation ordinances."Such a focus seems to commit Murray to giving too much legitimacy to the status quo around us, uncritically accepting it as reflecting God's will rather than the product of fallen humans.For example, while he does warn of the trappings and abuses of personal property and wealth, this warning is sandwiched between two lengthy justifications of personal property and wealth as such.This may seem like a minor detail, but for a book on biblical ethics to miss a chance to follow Scripture's lead on urging believers to re-evaluate their relationship with their wealth ultimately has to go down as a major fault.God has had to spend far more time pricking our consciences towards justice and generosity than in convincing us it is ok to have stuff.

However, the chapter on truth is positively disturbing.Murray pays lip service to what seems like the more fundamental biblical admonition against general deceptiveness before going on to place most of his emphasis on the speaking true utterances.He takes up the highly debatable positions that: 1) it is okay to be intentionally misleading as long as your words are not technically false; 2) it is not okay to lie to save lives, etc; and 3) to mistakenly pass on false information, while not lying, is still sin.And he positively tortures the biblical record to deny that God led or approved of specific instances of lying or at least deception.Position #1 is especially dubious and is precisely the kind of legalism Christ denounced.Most of us hopefully did not get away with such truth-twisting as kids!

On a different note, Murray's final chapter on the fear of God is most lucid as he successfully distinguishes between a negative fear of God (fearful anxiety at God's approach due to one's blatant sin) versus a sober, reverent regard for who God is and that his person is owed our total commitment.This chapter, taken by itself, is actually quite excellent and sends the reader off with a roused heart, hopefully to find his/her way to a richer biblical ethic than the one articulated in the rest of the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book on ethics from a conservative Reformed perspective
Any book by John Murray is a reliable source for sound biblical Reformed theology. In this book, Murray expounds ethics from a conservative evangelical Reformed perspective. Though many postmodern, neo-orthodox, postliberal, or moderate Christians will find Murray's positions outdated he admirably does a good job sticking to Scripture even if the view he expounds is distasteful to modern sensibilities (for instance, Murray's take on slavery). The great thing about this book is that it is not only theological but also practical. He deals with ethical issues that are very pertinant to how Christians are to live in this sinful world. The topics he treats include such things as marriage, work, preservation of life, and speaking the truth. He also give us an explanation of the meaning of the Sermon on the Mount (chap. 7) and how law and grace are related (chap. 8). Many lay Christians will find these chapters very relevant to their Christian existence on earth.

Having said that, Murray's understanding of the relationship between the law and gospel is questionable. It appears that Murray knocks down the wall that divides the law and gospel (a position that has been held by Protestants for the last 500 years). In fact, in one place Murray espouses the traditional Reformed view of the law and gospel: "The simple truth is that if law is conceived of as contributing in the least degree towards our acceptance with God and our justification by him, then the gospel of grace is a nullity" (p. 182). And then he later writes in the same chapter what seems to nullify his previous statement: "In all of this the demand of obedience in the Mosaic covenant is principally identical with the same demand in the new covenant of the gospel economy" (p. 199). For Murray, the new covenant is really no different from the Mosaic covenant because both have areal (not hypothetical) promise-demand structure. Only those who persevere in obedience to the law in both dispensations will inherit the future blessing of eternal life, according to Murray. Another problem is that even though this book was written in the 1950s, Murray writes as if he was writing this book in the 1850s! The language and style of the book will make some people re-read the same paragraph over and over. Murray uses archaic words and phrases that will make it tough to digest in the first reading. Overall, I would recommend this book. Though there are some issues I take with Murray it is much better than a lot of the postmodern, postliberal, and neo-orthodox ethics books that are being published in recent years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sound Biblical Theology
The biggest problem with books like Principles of Conduct is that they are so good, so full, and so rich, that the each principle written about is so easily forgotten when the next principle is elucidated.I realized that this had happened to me as, when I was almost finished with the book, I skimmed over the pages I had read just days previously and discovered that I wished I had time to read it again.The book is completely biblical.One look at the scripture index will quickly show that Murray's use of scripture is pervasive.This is not a book where Murray expresses his opinion about various topics, but is a book where the issues of biblical ethics are soundly dealt with from the primary source - the Bible itself.In this light I found that (of all the strong aspects of this book) the strongest characteristic to be the sound exegesis of often-mistranslated passages of scripture such as Matthew 5, 1 Corinthians 7 and 9, and Romans 6.

The description on the back of the book mentions, "Though the Ten Commandments furnish the core of the biblical ethic, Murray points the reader again and again to all of Scripture as the basic authority in matters of Christian conduct."The Ten Commandments are not explicitly dealt with in this book, but the ethical considerations that begin in creation and continue through the time of Christ and His church are explained.The methodology of discovering God's continuing revelation to mankind is known as biblical theology and Murray is a model for Christian theologians in this method.Murray is showing that the Ten Commandments were not a new thing God decided to mention at Sinai, but are rooted in the nature of God's creation.The Ten Commandments were neither new at creation, nor did they cease to be valid after the coming of Jesus Christ.Through this understanding of the biblical ethic, we come into a deeper understanding of how we may obey God and how we can love His law (Psalm 119:97) as the ethic that God has given man to live by.

I have always heard that Murray is a difficult read.Even Packer says in his Forward that Murray is considered by many to be "tough sledding."Personally, I did not think this book was that difficult to read.Though the implications are deep, Murray writes in a way that is so logical that it is very easy to understand.More than just logical, Murray is thoroughly biblical.I have found that his exegesis and use of biblical theology is rock solid.He thoroughly explains difficult passages in a way that is in solid agreement with the text itself.

I also found this book to be encouraging and helpful in my walk with God.My mind was just not filled with general facts, but was genuinely spurred on to greater devotion to Christ.It is a motivating book for the Christian who needs to be reminded time and again that he or she has been set free from the bondage of sin and has been resurrected to obedience to Christ.It is helpful for the Christian who is struggling to formulate a biblical ethic on the issues of marriage, capital punishment, and labor.It is helpful for any Christian who wants to know how they can serve God better in their day-to-day life. ... Read more

3. Behind A Frowning Providence
by John J. Murray
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good information
Good information. But I think the price is quite high for a 30 page booklet.

5-0 out of 5 stars Deeply Helpful
I'm a pastor.I've recently been bereaved.This booklet is hugely helpful in both contexts.The author writes as an experienced pastor and as one who lost his own teen-aged daughter to cancer.John J. Murray has been in the crucible.He learned some blessed lessons.What he teaches in this booklet helped me help others in their hard times (not *only* bereavement) and helped me in the death of my dad just a few months ago.I highly recommend this book to you if you're going through darkness. ... Read more

4. Collected Writings of John Murray: Claims of Truth (His Collected Writings of John Murray; V. 1) (His Collected Writings of John Murray; V. 1)
by John Murray- volume 1
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5. Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 36, John (revised), (beasley-murray)
by George R. Beasley-Murray
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The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation.This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence.The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology.These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for the professional theologian and instructor, the seminary or university student, the working minister, and everyone concerned with building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Thorough treatment of John's Gospel
Exegetical theologian George Beasley-Murray's commentary on the Gospel According to John is a thorough treatment of John--a commentary in which Beasley-Murray attempts not just to give the reader his own conclusions based on his years of study and denominational affiliation, but he tries to go beyond his conclusions to include the diverse conclusions of other scholars--both more liberal and more conservative.

While such a goal is admirable, and while the resulting book does expand one's knowledge of John, the book does tend to become more drawn-out and confusing than it needs to be at times.Beasley-Murray frequently treats a contriversial portion of the text by explaining (in a sympathetic style) several differing scholars points-of-view on the text only to (in fairly unsympathetic terms) criticize the weaknesses in said scholarly opinions.This reader found Beasley-Murray's writing style confusing in this respect.

I also hold a different exegetical opinion than Beasely-Murray on some key points--the most notable of which is our differing opinions on the author of John and the identity of the "Beloved Disciple."While this reviewer holds to the traditional orthodox view that the Gospel's author and Beloved Disciple are one and the same--John (son of Zebedee and disciple of Christ), Beasley-Murray holds that the two individuals are different people and that neither is the above-mentioned John.It is clear that such an opinion colors what is otherwise a pretty orthodox and conservative commenary.

This volume of the Word Commentary Series does have some excellent points which deserve commendation.Beasley-Murray, gives a fair and thorough treatment to sections of John that the church has traditionally held to have references to the sacraments (Chapter 6, water and blood flowing from Jesus' side, the meal of fish and bread in John 21, etc.).Many other commentators give the sacramentarian view cursory treatment, but Beasley-Murray gives the view respect.In all, Beasley-Murray makes a practice of treating the text and other scholars very thoroughly and respectfully.For the most part, it was an enjoyable commentary to read.

One final negative comment on this volume--one that has to do more with the editor:an extrordinarily frustrating aspect of this book's type-set was the fact that the normally small, closely spaced font was often reduced significantly in size for no apparent reason.While it appeared as if certain paragraphs (or pages) were offset as if to indicate an extended quote, there actually was neither a quote nor a shift in Beasley-Murray's narrative.This both annoyed and distracted this reader.

While I realize that I spent most of this review griping at various aspects of the book, my overall opinion of this commentary on John is positive.I feel that a reader would benefit from reading George Beasley-Murray's treatment of the text.Recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Treasures of modern scholarship
In the Preface Beasley-Murray (B-M) asks why yet another commentary on John's Gospel and answers, "It seemed that there was room for an attempt to pass on some of the treasures of modern study of this Gospel and with them to combine one's own findings and convictions." To this end he remains faithful throughout the Introduction and commentary proper. We are treated to some of the best insights into John's Gospel, both B-M's and many an eminent scholar's. His enthusiasm for the project shows up again when in the Introduction he describes some of the commentaries on the Gospel in the past fifty years as "among the greatest expositions of the Word of God that have ever appeared."

The detailed Introduction is important and rich in theological ideas. B-M tells us it was "as scales falling from the eyes" as he listened to his mentor, C.H. Dodd, explain the structure of the episodes of the Book of Signs (chapters 2-12), each episode consisting of sign plus discourse, and each encapsulating the whole Gospel.He realized that that was probably due to the Evangelist's preaching, as the Evangelist expounded the significance of the traditions in the light of Christ's death and resurrection. Now a familiar observation in Johannine studies, the concept that much of the Fourth Gospel was the product of preaching must have been a creative thought then. New insights continued to flow as scholars delved into the depths of this Gospel. Nowhere is it more apparent than in the discussion of the Gospel's dual nature, simultaneously depicting the historical ministry of Jesus and the situation and faith of the Johannine community some 50(?) years later. "The Evangelist sets the historical ministry of Jesus in Palestine in indissoluble relation to the ministry of the risen Lord in the world."If Luke traces the origins of the Church in two volumes, one [his Gospel] of Jesus and the other [Acts] of the risen Christ acting through his disciples, John presents the historical Jesus and Jesus the risen Lord together in one book and a single perspective. B-M masterfully sketches in succession how each of several scholars has treated this theme, in the process displaying a fascinating interplay of ideas.

Several other important themes that recur in the commentary proper make their first appearance in the Introduction. While the Kingdom of God is scarcely mentioned [only in vv. 3:3,5], "every line of the Fourth Gospel is informed by it."The Paraclete-Spirit actualizes the words and deeds of Jesus in the life of the Church - the Fourth Gospel itself "is a supreme example of the truth and application of the Paraclete doctrine which it contains."The concept of Son of God (closely associated with Son of Man) is the prevailing characteristic of Johannine Christology. The glorification of Jesus coincides with his crucifixion, unlike Isaiah's Servant who is exalted because and after he had suffered (lxxxiv). The realized eschatology of John is not to be divested of its future aspect, contrary to Bultmann (lxxxvi). All these, and more, are elements that B-M uses in the commentary discussions of John's theology, which turns out to be largely Christology. In the end you have to agree with him, "The theme of the Fourth Gospel is Christ."

In common with other scholars, B-M accepts a four-part structure of the Gospel: (A) The Prologue;(B) The Public Ministry of Jesus, otherwise referred to as the Book of Signs (Dodd, Brown);(C) The Passion and Resurrection of Jesus, also known as the Book of the Passion (Dodd) or the Book of Glory (Brown); and (D) Epilogue. He expresses a reservation, though, concerning the nomenclatures "Book of Signs" and "Book of Passion/Glory", since he considers that the WHOLE Gospel may be viewed as a book of signs and as a book of the passion and glory of Jesus. As he interacts with the established figures of Johannine scholarship, B-M does not hesitate to disagree as well as to cite approvingly, for he is a Johannine expert in his own right. He argues his case very well indeed, but to get the benefit of it one has to read thoughtfully. B-M is never shallow and merits careful study. Some knowledge of Greek helps, but you can still gain a great deal without. The commentary follows WBC's usual format. Some find the format "unfriendly", but it is not so. The usual gripe that references are given in line with the text (not in footnotes) should not deter you. As a presentation of modern Johannine study coupled with the author's independent understanding, this is a fine effort that deserves serious consideration by anyone ready to go beyond introductory expositions of the Fourth Gospel.

4-0 out of 5 stars Revised Edition Misleading
I have both the original 1987 edition and the "revised" 1999 edition. To the publishers credit, the 1999 edition does state flat out that the only thing new is 50 pages of updated bibliography and reviews of major book on the Gospel since the original publication. This is all located in one new section in the introductory material. Otherwise, the two editions are identical page for page (even the numbering). If you have the 1987 edition, don't get the 1999 edition unless you need/want an updated bibliography. ... Read more

6. Room Service
by John Murray, Allen Boretz
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7. Christian Baptism
by John Murray
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5-0 out of 5 stars Christian Baptism by John Murray
I read this book at Covenant Theological Seminary when I was working on my Master of Divinity degree.I'm now serving as a pastor in Pearland, Texas as Faith Community Church.The book was excellent and provided a thorough answer to those who are against infant baptism.Dr. Murray's discussion on the concept of abrogation is worth buying the book.His grasp of the issues and solid appeal to careful study of relevant Hebrew and Greek terms is very helpful.This book convinced me not to become a baptist because it gave a convincing case for infant baptism and modes beyond immersion. I highly recommend this book for those trying to establish a Biblical understanding of the subject.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great overview of baptism and defense of infant baptism
In my search for what to believe about the what, why, how, and whom of baptism this book was most helpful.Murry gives the fullest, most bible-based explanation of baptism I have read to date.He systematically addresses all the pertinent issues using scripture as his base with helpful footnotes explaining what various creeds and theologians have said as well.His defense of infant baptism is grounded in the covenants of the Old Testament carried through a close examination of Acts and the New Testament letters.

The only problem with this book is the use of Greek and Hebrew letters in the discussion about the meanings of words in regard to what baptism is and is not.I have a very rudimentary understanding of Greek pronunciation, and no idea how to pronounce Hebrew letters.This was highly distracting while trying to follow a fairly complex arguement.I would like to see an edition of this book with English pronunications inserted after the Greek and Hebrew words.

Although I am not thoroughly convinced infant baptism is the way to go this book gave me a lot to ponder as I turn my sights on the last leg of this journey to find out what to do regarding my children.

Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Meticulous & careful exegesis...
... by a master Theologian. While those who deny the validity of the baptism of the children of believers are many & make much noise, their arguments upon closer examination are less than convincing. Prof Murray lays out a careful and quite biblical exposition of the classic reformed view on baptism which includes not only converts, but the children of converts as well.
If you have an open mind, the least you can say after reading this book is that he has laid out a plausible case for his position.
Of course, if you are wedded to the American (& now Western) emphasis upon "individualism," you will not be convinced. Quite frankly, that is because ofthe individualistic grid through which you read the scriptures. However, non-western peoples have little problem understanding the Covenantal position on household baptisms.
How you will view the matter of baptism all depends upon your starting world view. Not exegesis.


4-0 out of 5 stars Christian Baptism: Maybe
This book was a short review of the Presbyterian view of baptism at the turn of the century. The primary purpose of the book was to defend their doctrine against baptist doctrines. The biggest problem with this book is that it is so out of date, that it contradicts some of the current teachings of a most of the Presbyterian churches today. Second of all, John Murray's arguments are very verbose and miss applied/ circular logic making it hard to read at times.But this has to be the best book around at presenting the antibaptist view of baptism.
(NOTE:This is my second review of this book and my oppinion of it has increased dramatically since reading it the first time.This book shines where so many fall.) ... Read more

8. The Problem of God: Yesterday and Today
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9. Redemption Accomplished and Applied
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book on the work of Christ.
Doesn't leave any gray areas on how Christ's atonement satisfies God's wrath for those who believe. Not esoteric but applicable to anybody walking in the Christian faith. Good apologetic tool for nonbelievers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Difficult Read but Worth It
This short (under 200 pages) but heavy book has been on my reading list for quite a while. It's been described by many a pastor as one of the greatest books ever written on the doctrine of atonement, which is absolutely central to the Christian faith. Having finally worked my way through it, I can see why it comes so highly recommended!

The first half of the book builds a foundation for our understanding of atonement. Murray describes the necessity of redemption, and how Christ was the only One who could possibly accomplish it. The work He accomplished was perfect and complete. There is nothing that man can do to add to what Christ has done, nor to take away from it.

This section ends with a very clear and biblical look at the doctrine of "limited atonement", which is the teaching that Christ died not for the sins of everyone in the world, but only for those of the elect. The "L" in "TULIP", this is probably the most controversial of the five points of Calvinism, but Murray handles it with aplomb. Essentially, he tells us that atonement is limited not by the efficacy of Christ's blood, but by it's application. In other words, if one believes that anyone will spend eternity in Hell, one believes in limited atonement, because atonement has not been applied to that person. What remains, then, is to see how and to whom this redemption which Christ has accomplished is applied. This is the subject of Part II, which accounts for most of the book.

In Part II, Murray gives a very thorough and systematic exposition of the many components of the atonement, as well as their order of application. Though many of these components happen nearly simultaneously, Murray presents them in the following order: effectual calling, regeneration, faith & repentance, justification, adoption, sanctification, perseverance, union with Christ, andglorification. With the exception of union with Christ -- which is not a step in the application of redemption, but something which underlies every step -- this is also the chronological order in which Murray places these phases. Some, of course, are one-time events, while others are ongoing processes.

It is this second half of the book which is so valuable. It has greatly enhanced my understanding of the doctrine of atonement, and of the distinctions between the various steps in its application. This understanding doesn't come easily, though, as it's a very difficult book to read. Part of the difficulty lies in the language; Murray was a mid-20th century academician (and a Scotsman to boot), and so uses many words that may be unfamiliar to contemporary readers. I consider myself to have a better-than-average vocabulary, but definitely found myself reading this book with a dictionary within reach!

Some of the difficulty also lies in Murray's writing style. At times his sentence structure seems unnecessarily complex, making it hard to figure out which words modify which. Because of this, I found myself frequently re-reading passages to make sure I really understood the point he was making. He was also fond of using multiple forms of the same word in a sentence, leading to some real humdingers like this:

"To glory in the cross is to glory in Christ as the propitiatory sacrifice once offered, as the abiding propitiatory, and as the one who embodies in himself for ever all the propitiatory efficacy of the propitiation once for all accomplished."

What a mouthful! Besides these nit-picky things, though, this is a truly great book. The Scripture index and the Subject index at the end of the book will make this a frequent reference tool during future studies.

Anyone looking to undertake a serious study of the doctrine of atonement -- and I would hope this would include every Christian! -- must read this book. It's not easy, but totally worth the effort.

1-0 out of 5 stars Skip this text
The language is out of date and unnecessarily academic (as was the style back in the day).Skip this text and go somewhere else.There are lots of better options out there.

5-0 out of 5 stars this is a must-have book
For my money, this is the best brief discussion of the doctrine of salvation in print. Murray proves that it is possble to write theology in such a way that it permeated with a devotional spirit. As a new Christian, I was gripped by this book's tone . . . even while not fully understanding all of the concepts. As a believer of twenty-five years, I still pull this book off my shelf frequently because Murray states things so cogently.

5-0 out of 5 stars Plumb the depths of Redemption Accomplished and Applied
To a Christian, the following words are pregnant with meaning and significance:atonement, redemption, calling, regeneration, faith and repentance, justification, adoption, sanctification, perseverance, union, and glorification.These words are not reserved for the lecture halls of seminaries, but should be in the hearts and on the mouths of ordinary Christians.Sadly, much of "Christian culture" has departed, in practice, from traditional confessions of the atonement.These scriptural concepts have been replaced by superficial understandings of salvation.In Redemption Accomplished and Applied , Scottish theologian, John Murray (1898-1975), has written a classic to remind the Church that the atonement is central to the Christian faith.One can never exhaust the meaning of the Jesus Christ's atonement, nor should one cease trying.I highly recommend this book as you attempt to plumb the depths of the love of Christ expressed in His atonement for sinners.

The book is divided into two parts:

Part 1:Redemption accomplished
1.The necessity of the atonement
In this chapter, Murray presents a scriptural argument, particularly from Hebrews, against "hypothetical necessity" (this views says that God did not have to save by atonement but that he only chose to save by this method).Instead, Murray argues in favor of "indispensable necessity," that the holiness of God and the sinfulness of sin demand the vicarious sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.Murray says "if we keep in view the gravity of sin and the exigencies arising from the holiness of God which must be met in salvation from it, then the doctrine of indispensable necessity makes Calvary intelligible to us and enhances the incomprehensible marvel of both Calvary itself and the sovereign purpose of love which Calvary fulfilled."

2.The nature of the atonement
Murray then discusses the two distinct aspects of Jesus Christ's vicarious obedience - recognizing that the law has both penal sanctions and positive demands.He says, "Christ's obedience was vicarious in the bearing of the full judgment of God upon sin, and it was vicarious in the full discharge of the demands of righteousness."In relation to Christ's substitutionary atonement, Murray then unwraps the following biblical concepts:
a. Sacrifice.Linking Hebrews 9 and 10 with the Levitical sacrifices, he shows that the Old Testament sacrifices were patterned after the heavenly reality and that the blood of Christ "purges our conscience from dead works to serve the living God" (Heb 9:14).Christ is the High Priest that has presented Himself as the offering for sin.
b. Propitiation."God appeases his holy wrath in the cross of Christ in order that the purpose of his love to lost men may be accomplished in accordance with and to the vindication of all the perfections that constitute his glory."Romans 3:25-26 says "God displayed [Christ] publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness...that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus."
c. Reconciliation.It is true that we are alienated from God, but, the emphasis of scripture is that God is alienated from us because of our sin.God must take the initiative.Romans 5:8-11 says that we are "reconciled to God through the death of His Son" (v10) and "justified now in his blood." (v9).Citing 2 Cor 5:18-21, Murray emphasizes the necessity of divine monergism as God was in Christ "reconciling the world to Himself." (v19)
d. Redemption.Linking all of these concepts together, Murray says, "As sacrifice is directed to the need created by our guilt, propitiation to the need that arises from the wrath of God, and reconciliation to the need arising from our alienation from God, so redemption is directed to the bondage to which our sin has consigned us." (Rom 3:24-26 links all of the terms in one glorious passage)First, Christ frees Believers from the guilt of sin by purchasing His own with His blood (Acts 20:28).Second, Christ frees Christians from the power of sin based on union with Christ in His death and resurrection (Rom 6:1-10, 2 Cor 5:14-15, Eph 2:1-7, Col 3:1-4, 1 Pet 4:1-2).In sanctification, Believers are thus exhorted "to reckon yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus" (Rom 6:11).

3.The perfection of the atonement."There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus" (Rom 8:1).The atonement is a completed work, never repeated and unrepeatable (Heb 1:3, 9:12, 25-28).Addressing the perfection of this atonement, Murray says, "[Christ] did not make a token payment which God accepts in place of the whole.Our debts are not canceled; they are liquidated." (emphasis mine)Hebrews 10:14 says, "For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified."

4.The extent of the atonement.Murray answers the question, "for whom did Christ die?"He begins by examining several proof texts for the alternative view of "universal atonement."He demonstrates that this incorrect view actually limits the power of Christ's atonement by saying that the atonement could apply theoretically to someone who ends up in hell.In contrast, the correct view of "limited atonement" or "definite atonement" says that the atonement only applies to heirs of eternal life, the elect of the ages.He says "Christ did not come to put men in redeemable position but to redeem to himself a people."The atonement definitely secured for Christ a people for His own possession (Titus 2:14) Rhetorically, Murray asks, "Did [Christ] 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?"He then examines Romans 8:31-39 to show that the elect for whom Christ died in verse 32 are the same who are justified in verse 33.

Part 2:Redemption applied
1.The order of application.Tying together John 3:3, John 1:12, Romans 8:30, John 6, etc, Murray orders the application of redemption as:calling, regeneration, faith and repentance, justification, adoption, sanctification, perseverance, and glorification.Each of these concepts is then explained in the subsequent chapters.

2.Effectual calling.The calling of God in salvation is an efficacious summons by God Himself that will not be thwarted (Rom 8:30, 1 Cor 1:9, 2 Peter 1:10, 2 Tim 1:8,9, John 6:44,45).

3.Regeneration.Since a person is dead in trespasses and sins, the Holy Spirit (John 3) must divinely beget him as a new creation in Christ.Only by the "first cause" of the Holy Spirit can anyone be saved.Faith is not the actual first cause.Murray says, "we are not born again by faith or repentance or conversion; we repent and believe because we have been regenerated."Further, regeneration will also have lasting effects in the sanctification of the believer.The one born of God will not continue in sin since he has been delivered from the power of sin and overcomes the world (1 John 3:9, 5:4, 5:18).Murray comments on the state of the church in his day that can apply be said today, "A cheap and tawdry evangelism has tended to rob the gospel which it proclaims of that invincible power which is the glory of the gospel of sovereign grace.May the church come to think and live again in terms of the gospel which is the power of God unto salvation."

4.Faith and repentance. There is a universal command from scripture for men to repent and believe the Gospel (e.g. Acts 17:30-31). Man has the responsibility to believe.The concept of biblical faith is knowledge, conviction and trust.Faith is NOT something that merits the favor of God."All the efficacy unto salvation resides in the Savior...The specific character of faith is that it looks away from itself and finds its whole interest and object in Christ.He is the absorbing preoccupation of faith."Repentance is the conscious turning from sin unto God with full purpose of, and endeavor after new obedience (Luke 24:46-47, Acts 2:37-38, 5:31, 20:21, etc).

5.Justification.How can sinful man be just with a righteous God?God must do the justifying (Rom 8:30).Contrary to the Roman perversion, it does not refer to the renewing and sanctifying grace of God or any "infusion of grace."Murray says, "If justification is confused with regeneration or sanctification, then the door is opened for the perversion of the gospel at its centre."Rather, justification is judicial or forensic.God gives the verdict regarding our judicial status.Justification is a declarative and constitutive act of God's grace.God must constitute the new relationship as well as declare it to be.The constitutive act consists of the imputation to us of the obedience and righteousness of Christ.Then He declares it to be so.

6.Adoption.As in John 1:12, adoption is the act of transfer into the family of God Himself.It is distinct from justification but not separable from it.It is also a judicial act.Those adopted are given the Spirit of adoption whereby they are able to recognize their sonship and exercise the privileges which go with it (Galatians 4:6, Rom 8:15-16).

7.Sanctification.For the believer, sin is dethroned in every person who is effectually called and regenerated.Sanctification is concerned with the elimination of all sin and complete confirmation to the image of God's own Son, to be holy as the Lord is holy.The believer must be dependent on the Holy Spirit as the agent of sanctification.The Believer is not passive in this process; however, the means of sanctification is the work of God Himself (Phil 2:12-13).

8.Perseverance.John 8:31-32 says that "If you continue in [Christ's] word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."Jesus' true disciples are characterized by continuance and endurance in His word (c.f. Matt 10:22, Heb 4:14).In contrast, apostasy is only temporary.It shows the "outward signs of faith in Christ and obedience to him...then lose all interest and become indifferent, if not hostile to the claims of Christ and of his kingdom."It is the lesson of the seed sown on rocky ground (Mark 4:5,6,16-17).According to 1 Peter 1:4-5, a true child of God is kept "by the power of God" until the end.How is he kept?1 Peter also says that he is kept "through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."The perseverance of the saints reminds us that only those who persevere to the end are truly saints.John 6:39 says that of all that the Father has given the Son, He will "lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day."They will never perish, and no one can snatch them out of the Son's, nor the Father's hand (John 10:28).

9.Union with Christ."Nothing is more central or basic than union and communion with Christ," says Murray."It is not simply a phase of the application of redemption...Union with Christ binds all together and insures that to all for whom Christ has purchased redemption he effectively applies and communicates the same.""...the greatest mystery of creaturely relations is the union of the people of God with Christ.And the mystery of it is attested by nothing more than this and it is compared to the union that exists between the Father and the Son in the unity of the Godhead."The Holy Spirit take residence in the believer and he experiences fellowship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (1 John 1:3, John 14:16-17).

10.Glorification.This is the final phase of the process of redemption."It is the attainment of the goal to which the elect of God were predestined in the eternal purpose of the Father and it involves the consummation of the redemption secured and procured by the vicarious work of Christ."When a believer dies, he is perfected in holiness (Heb 12:23).Then, glorification will be consummated at the end of the age when, along with the creation's deliverance, believers will experience "the adoption, the redemption of the body" (Rom 8:23) and "mortal will put on immortality" (1 Cor 15:54).
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10. Divorce / by John Murray
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11. Collected Writings of John Murray: Studies in Theology (Collected Writings of John Murray)
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12. The Covenant of Grace: A Biblico-Theological Study (Biblical & Theological Studies)
by John Murray
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to the Biblical Covenants
If anyone wants a brief introduction (and I mean BRIEF, only 32 pages) to the various covenants of the Bible, then this book will do. Contrary to what some might expect, this book is NOT an apologetic for Reformed covenant theology as outlined in the Westminster Confession of Faith. It is actually about the function and nature of the various historical covenants as presented in Scripture (i.e., Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic, and New). Murray does not even touch upon the concept of the "covenant of works" in this short booklet (if one wants Murray's opinion on this matter check out his "Collected Writings" [Vol. 2]).

One of the more helpful discussions is Murray's discussion of the meaning of covenant (pp. 3-12). He does this to give the reader a good understanding of the term before explaining the nature of the covenants in Scripture. The key point in Murray's discussion of the various covenants is that the covenants (including the Mosaic!) are all covenants of grace (God being the establisher of each covenant apart from human cooperation). All subsequent covenants are merely amplifications and expansions of the preceding ones, even though all have the same grace-oriented matrix.

Another interesting point Murray makes is that all the covenants have a "promise-demand" structure attached to them. Though all the covenants spring from God's grace, they all contain "conditions" that the beneficiaries must meet in order to enjoy the promises of the covenant. This does not detract from the graciousness of the covenants, according to Murray, but merely points out that the nature of all covenants demand stipulations.

Murray's insistence that the Mosaic covenant is a covenant of grace and that all the promissory covenants contain a demand element makes him a maverick among traditional Reformed theologians. In fact, if put to its logical end, Murray dissolves the wall between law and gospel that is the hallmark of traditional Reformational theology. In short, in Murray's theology of the covenants, law and gospel lie more in continuity than in contrast (contra Luther). This may surprise (and even disappoint) those who are steeped in traditional Reformed theology as outlined in the WCF since Murray is considered one of the giants of conservative Presbyterianism in North America in the 20th century.

I have to agree with the critics of Murray's covenant theology that he perilously comes close to mixing law and gospel (when Scripture presents more of a contrast). Despite these questionable points, I would recommend this short work to anyone who wants to understand what the covenants in the Bible mean.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brief Intro to Covenant Theology
John Murray gives a brief, but excellent summation of Covenant Theology.This booklet helps answer the question as to whether their is primarily continuity or discontinuity between the Old & New Testaments.

Murraybegins by defining covenant and gives a brief historical overview of therise of covenant theology.Then he delves in to the biblical andtheological realm of the covenant.He surveys the Noahic, Abrahamic,Mosaic, Davidic, and New Covenant as found in Scripture.

He concludesthat the covenant is a unified theme throughout Scripture which speeks ofGod's relation of grace between His creation.

Also recommended for a morein-depth study: O. Palmer Robertson's "The Christ of theCovenants." ... Read more

13. Divorce
by John Murray
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4-0 out of 5 stars Divorce...compels me to love my wife more
This was not a fun read. Reading about divorce is quite depressing to tell the truth. It is always a tragedy and God hates it. My heart breaks over it. It isn't something we celebrate, but grieve over. Divorce is usually the result of many tears, sleepless nights, betrayal, abuse, and such. It is not the result of happiness, peace, and joy.

John Murray spends time in the major passages of Scripture regarding divorce and basically concludes that divorce is allowable in the case of sexual sin and the abandonment of an unbeliever. In both cases, remarriage is allowed.

I will continue to do some more research, but I think that allowances would be made for other situations as well. One such example may be a physically and/or verbally abusive spouse. I would say that it would be right for the victimized spouse to leave (live apart from) the abuser with the hope of reconciliation. The offending party should then be approached lovingly by the church elders with the intent to restore. So long as the offending party repents and abides by stipulations in the desire to rejoin the other spouse, the offended spouse must remain married (legal binding). If the offending party should reject the counsel of the elders, then such would be excommunicated from the church body and basically deemed an "unbeliever". In such a case, would this example constitute the departure of an unbeliever, in which the believer is no longer "bound"? Resulting in the offended party rightly freed from the marital bond?

Murray also deals with the awkward situation where individuals who were wrongly divorced commit adultery by "remarrying" someone else. This is no easy task to deal with pastorally. Murray essentially states that the "act" of adultery in consummating a new relationship breaks the previous bond. The newly consummated marriage isn't to be broken. Instead, such individuals should acknowledge that they sinned in their actions and then proceed with their new partner with an understanding that their marriage is "valid".Murray struggles with what words to use in reference to such remarriages for fear of either condoning it on one hand or outright condemning it on another hand. Murray sees such situations as the "exception"...even though it is increasingly more commonplace.

At the very core of this issue is that God wants marriage to last a lifetime, and any marriage that fails is a tragedy. Adultery is a tragedy, abuse is a tragedy, neglect is a tragedy, lack of intimacy is a tragedy, and on and on with the multitude of reasons why marriages fail. It is all sad.

I hope to research some more into this issue...but realize that the best research is to learn how to love my wife more and more everyday. By God's grace, divorce will never be an issue for us. The whole issue of divorce and remarriage has been a hot issue in the church, I admit, and should be discussed...however, it is my prayer that I spend more time pastorally building marriages up rather than understanding all of the nuances for Scriptural allowances on divorce and remarriage. I will do both, but I will exert all that I am in the domain of my own marriage, seeking to love my wife more and more everyday.

5-0 out of 5 stars a standard....
a standard long forgotten; especially in conservative churches where the Truth is supposed to be upheld even in the face of cultural pressure.

Must a divorced person attend a liberal church to receive compassion?Must truth be sacrificed for love?

Perish the thought.This book, along with Dr. Adam's book will show that divorce is not a sin; but it is the result of sin:someone's sin; likely both parties sins.But it is a sin that is to be forgiven.The perfect standard remains, even if man breaks it, but once broken, forgiveness and healing may come.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exegetical - Sound - Insightful
The question of divorce and remarriage regularly comes up in pastoral counseling and local church ministry.With the growning divorce rate, the church is being forced to deal with divorce and remarriage more and more.Sound and clear Biblical thinking is required. This book by John Murray is both.This work is technical, written to deal with the original languages and does not avoid dealing with the hardest of questions concerning divorce and remarriage.It is not a quick read - it takes time and reflection - but it is worth every once of effort.As a supplement work - an more popularly written also consult Jay E. Adams' work "Marriage, Divorce & Remarriage."Murray's work covers the exegetical problems, while Adams' work is more pastoral.The two together will equip the reader with great insight and Biblical knowledge to counsel members of the congregation.

Like on many other issues, Christians are divided on the biblical understanding of divorce and remarriage. Some don't believe in divorce for any reason. Others, while they believe there are grounds for divorce, see no biblical basis for a subsequent remarriage. Others, such as Adams and Murray, hold that there are very limited and specific justifications for divorce and if and only if these are met is there any gournds for remarriage.

If you are still working through what the Bible teaches, Adams' and Murray's works will give you a good apologetic for believing there are limited and specific grounds for biblical divorce and remarriage.

If you have been taught or believe that there are no grounds for remarriage but want to know the arguements of those who do, these two books will be helpful.

You may agree or disagree with Adams or Murray, but you will find excellent development of their position in these books.

This is a very serious subject on a lot of levels. Please handle the subject carefully.

3-0 out of 5 stars Intense
Mr Murray's text is often quoted by others, which may serve as a recommendation in itself, but it is particularly intense and so other writers often take the opportunity of explaining it to mere mortals such as you and I. He takes the view that Deuteronomy 24 describes divorce rather than instituting it, and goes on to give the standard line that Jesus allowed divorce and remarriage for cases of sexual immorality. In other instances he regards the divorce as ineffective, and so remarriage is adultery. On the one hand he says that Jesus did not abrogate the Old Testament law, but on the other hand he says that Christ changed the penalty for adultery from death to divorce. This latter position is not consistent with the former and the idea that the law skirts around divorce without properly legislating on it is a strange view to entertain. ... Read more

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15. The Epistle to the Romans: The English Text with Introduction, Exposition and Notes (New Testament Commentary)
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Careful scholarship and spiritual insight characterize this enduring commentary on Romans, generally considered to be Paul's most profound letter. In The Epistle to the Romans John Murray offers an exposition of Romans deeply penetrating in its elucidation of the text yet accessible to scholars, pastors, and students alike.In his introduction to the commentary proper, Murray discusses the authorship, occasion, purpose, and contents of Romans and provides important background information on the church at Rome. Murray then provides a verse-by-verse exposition of the text that takes into account key problems that have emerged in the older and newer literature. In ten appendices that close the volume Murray gives special attention to themes and scholarly debates that are essential for a full-orbed understanding of Romans-the meaning of justification, the relation of Isaiah 53:11 to the message of Romans, Karl Barth on Romans 5, the interpretation of the "weak brother" in Romans 14, and more.This combined edition of Murray's original two-volume work, formerly published as part of the New International Commentary on the New Testament series, will hold continued value as a scholarly resource in the study of Romans for years to come. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not Supercessionism, But Inclusion
'God's righteousness revealed in the gospel is the provision of His grace to meet the exigency of His wrath. And nothing discloses its glory and efficacy more than this.' p xxiv

No one is more able or probably likely to succeed John Murray in explaining God's own glory as the sole cause of redemption. The cross as symbol of God's power to reconcile fallen man to Him, is misunderstood to be a sign in that for Jews it constitutes an offense. And yet, given all the hostility that came by the fall, and with the subsequent glorification of man's wisdom and power as supreme, God simply calls. And calls effectively. The covenant of grace was divinely promoted as such revelation moved onto the world scene. It was as such most successful strategically that the apostle should write the Epistle to the believers in Rome - seeking to teach the nature of the grace of God and thereby fulfill his commission as apostle to the gentiles.

'There is no discrimination arising from race or culture and there is no obstacle arising from the degradations of sin. Wherever there is faith, there the omnipotence of God is operative unto salvation. This is a law with no exception.' 1:28

Romans 3:24 is the ground of our confidence: 'Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus'. God settles the relationship issue once and for all through justification and adoption, and in this way He places the new life on a sure foundation. Murray's syntactical construction connected v 24 to 22a: 'a righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unto all who believe', as clauses that were parenthetical in the pericope. He then stated the importance of the doctrine of justification in unequivocal terms: 'It is perhaps not irrelevant to observe that this is the first time in this epistle that Paul uses this verb directly and positively in reference to what is the leading theme of this epistle.' Again in support of free grace, Murray calculated its staggering implication: 'As we have found already, the fact of universal sinfulness bears directly upon the other fact that there is no discrimination among believers - they all are beneficiaries of the righteousness of God.' 1:115 The indiscriminate preaching of the gospel to all, regardless of creed, color or condition, strengthens our need to understand the free offer of grace by, firstly, putting forth the sufficiency of Christ to save us from our sins, and, secondly, by teaching that God is willing to save all that come to Him.

As Murray explained elsewhere:
'God's call, since it is effectual, carries with it the operative grace whereby the person called is enabled to answer the call and to embrace Jesus Christ as He is freely offered in the gospel.' Redemption: Accomplished & Applied p 96

To add weight to his already convincing exegetical argument, Murray honed in on the two catalytic terms Paul used: 'freely' [Gk: dorean] and 'by His grace' [Gk: autos charis]: 'Merit of any kind on the part of man, when brought into relation to justification, contradicts the first article of the Pauline doctrine and therefore his gospel.' The sovereign will of God's good pleasure invites us only to try harder to come to grips with Paul's true meaning: Paul said that it is God's goodness [Gk: chrestotes] that leads us to repentance (2:4). Because we are powerless to effect salvation's actualization in and of ourselves, we have no choice but to accept that God, having promised eternal life, is able to make good on His promise: 'No element in Paul's doctrine of justification is more central than this - God's justifying act is not constrained to any extent or degree by anything that we are or do which could be esteemed as predisposing God to this act.' 1:116

5-0 out of 5 stars detailed
I enjoy this commentary because I can use it to help with block diagramming and for word by word explanations.It is a bit high level but still usable.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Murray's work on Romans may not match the pastoral brilliance of John Stott, or be as up to date in scholarship as Douglas Moo (which replaced this volume in the wonderful NICNT series), but it is a must have.There have been hundreds of commentaries written on Romans over the past few centuries, but Murray's has joined the small cluster at the top of the 'classics'list (with Charles Hodge and Martin Luther, and the less orthodox Barth).All future commentaries will continue to reference Murray, as the standout work of its kind for the mid-20th century.

In addition to its usefulness for preachers and seminary students, it is also a nice window into the kind of teaching that was coming out of Westminster Seminary in a golden period of productivity when that school was THE leading Reformed school of the English speaking world.

4-0 out of 5 stars Still the Standard Reformed Romans
John Murray is an important figure in the Presbyterian and Reformed faith in the 20th century.His commentary on Romans is thorough and insightful, building on the heritage which he inherited from the great Reformedthinkers from Luther and Calvin to B. B. Warfield and Geerhardus Vos, thelatter under whom he studied at Princeton.Murray shows particularsensitivity to the Old Testament background of Paul's epistle to the Romansand Paul's consciousness of his place in the history of salvation, ahistory which to Paul culminated in the person and death/resurrection ofJesus the Christ.Dr. Murray's admirable treatment of Paul's doctrine ofthe Spirit may only be surpassed by his successor at WestminsterTheological Seminary, Dr. Richard B. Gaffin (and by his professor atPrinceton, Dr. Geerhardus Vos).Murray's work is scholarly but not so thatit would be inaccessible to the intermediate student.Murray does interactwith his contemporaries; but could have taken it a litter further.Theonly criticism against Murray's Romans is his treatment of chps. 9-11 wherehe fails to break out of the dogmatic mould, and thus fails to capture themovement of the epistle from the anteclimax at the end of chp. 8 to theclimax at the end of chp. 11.Overall, however, Murray's is a helpful andinsightful commentary, a must for students and pastors.

5-0 out of 5 stars The authoritative Reformed commentary
Murray's commentary on Romans is the best 20th century treatment of the work, easily beating Barth's earlier work. Tying in with his "Redemption Accomplished and Applied", Murray seizes the main theme of Romans, our justification, and carefully exegetes the book with a continual thought to the overall theme ... Read more

16. The Life of Rev. John Murray
by John Murray
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This is an OCR edition without illustrations or index. It may have numerous typos or missing text. However, purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original rare book from GeneralBooksClub.com. You can also preview excerpts from the book there. Purchasers are also entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Original Published by: Published at the Trumpet Office in 1833 in 287 pages; Subjects: Universalists; Universalist churches; Biography & Autobiography / General; History / General; Religion / Unitarian Universalism; ... Read more

17. John Courtney Murray & the Growth of Tradition
by J. Leon Hooper
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John Courtney Murray was the most significant figure in bring together Catholic and American tradition in the 1940s, 50s, and '60s. This volume brings together twelve of the foremost Murray scholars to plumb his work for resources to respond to today's questions. ... Read more

18. Collected Writings of John Murray: Life of John Murray Sermons and Reviews (Collected Writings of John Murray)
by John Murray- volume 3
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19. Murray on Contracts
by John Edward Murray
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5-0 out of 5 stars Concretes the abstract
For those of you in your first-year, you have (will have) undoubtedly discovered the abstract nature of contract law.Unsettling for many is the fact that casebooks, while providing application, don't do much for reinforcing the concepts applied in the cases.For assistance, I happily recommend this volume.

Murray on Contracts appears at first glance to be a daunting volume, thick and detailed.It is however very well organized and divided, permitting a student to find more substance in those areas currently causing the student trouble.The volume also thoroughly provides the relevant citations for opinions that apply the concepts Murray explains.Indeed, after some limited review, I was quite happy for the detail that initially scared me.

To provide concrete and articulate discussion to the abstract world of contracts, this is proper volume.I do however encourage students to search it out in their respective law libraries before purchasing it.Again, with limited review, I think you will be pleased, finding a new ally in the seemingly insurmountable first-year war of contracts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Murray On Contracts:a priceless study of contract law
Professor Murray has created a masterful volume cogently and concisely providing the principles of contract law.Murray on Contracts is a must read for any law student, practitioner, or business person seriouslyinterested in a complete study of contract law.This volume containsabundant citations to case law and legal commentary that is valuable to anypractitioner analyzing the state of a principle of contract law in his orher jurisdiction.In addition, Murray's lucid and facile style allows thelayman and lawyer alike to learn the principles of contract law withpleasure and insight.This is a great contrast to the overly pedanticstyle of many academic commentators in various courses of study.In short,Murray on Contracts does what few other volumes of its kind can do:make avolume of complex and arcane legal principles read like an engrossingnovel. ... Read more

20. We Hold These Truths and More: Further Catholic Reflections on the American Proposition : The Thought of Fr. John Courtney Murray, S.J. and Its Rele
by John Courtney Murray, Donald J. D'Elia
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