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Murray explores the biblical passages dealing with the necessity, nature, perfection, and extent of the atonement, and goes on to identify the distinct steps in the Bible's presentation of how the redemption accomplished by Christ is applied progressively to the life of the redeemed. ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 12th 1955 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (first published November 30th 1954)
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Adam Calvert
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology, favorites
Read this book, and read it again.

This is by far one of the greatest works I've ever read on the subject concerning the very heart of the Christian faith: redemption. Systematically going through the aspects of both the accomplishment of redemption and its application to the believer, Murray leaves the believer with nothing but a humble fear and an unquenchable joy because of the person and work of Christ the Savior.

The book is laid out as follows:

Part 1: Redemption Accomplished

1. The Necessity
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great overview of classic Reformed soteriology. For good cause this book is considered THE best introduction to the doctrine of redemption in Union with Christ.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read the “accomplished” half for Doctrine of Christ. Murray’s care for precision and honoring the biblical text are an inspiration and rebuke.
Rick Davis
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soteriology
This is a fantastic exploration of our redemption in Christ! This is a book that I'm sure I'll revisit many times. ...more
Jordan Shirkman
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
60 years after its first edition, 'Redemption Accomplish and Applied' is a deep, beautiful explanation of Christ's work on the cross. I have a greater appreciation for what Jesus has done and the implications in my life after reading this. It's not a simple read, but the heavy portions are worth pushing through. A compelling case for penal substitution and the Reformed perspective on redemption and its application. ...more
Joshua Schwisow
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the book from which I first learned Reformed Theology. Murray engages directly with Scripture and writes of glorious truths in a beautiful way. Worth frequent re-reading.
Salvador Blanco
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent and biblical argument for the fact that salvation from start to finish is of God.
Samuel Parkison
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is amazing. Murray does a great job at offering the bare bones arguments for definite atonement, but more importantly, he does so in a deeply doxological way. This is theology at its finest because it isn't stoic, it's exuberant. I'm so glad that at the cross, Christ didn't merely die to make salvation possible, he died to save. ...more
Timothy Dehne
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
This is an enjoyable read. It is made up of a collection of essays that he put together to make a book. Moreover, it is not overly technical and is pretty easy to read. Murray provides a great overview of the Reformed doctrine of salvation. There are two things that I like about this book. First, Murray works hard to ground his theological conclusions in the text of Scripture. Second, he demonstrates that one cannot separate the historical work accomplished by Christ and the application of salva ...more
Joe Molinari
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for anyone looking for an understanding of atonement, calling, regeneration, faith, repentance, justification, adoption, sanctification, perseverance, union, and glorification. It is not always an easy read, as I found myself having to reread portions. That, however, may be more an indication of my own intellect as opposed to Murray’s clarity. This is a book that I shall return to again and again. My one bit of advice is to take it slowly and truly meditate on Murray’s expla ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book certainly isn't for the faint of heart in regard to the heaviness of the content, but it is a beautiful overview of the atonement in the view of the Reformed tradition. This is a great book for those who want to understand Reformed theology, the atonement, and the process of salvation on a deeper level. Murray gently leads the reader to beautiful conclusions about Christ's predestinating love. I highly recommend this book! ...more
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
This is an interesting little book because Murray carves out some essential building blocks of Biblical theology but he doesn't do so in an elementary, easy to understand manner. It's definitely not a beach book. I suppose the best way to describe it is that I once heard someone say you need a dictionary in hand when reading Murray. Confirmed. But the effort pays. Fine treasures here.

Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
5-star content. 3-star delivery. Maybe the poor delivery is due to the era of authorship, the country of origin, or just my own stupidity compared to Murray’s obvious and exceeding brilliance — regardless, this was a tough one for me to unpack, but very worth the time and effort.
Andrew Fendrich
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-bookshelf
Weighty book on the atonement. Difficult to chew through. Sometimes a bit too verbose, but if you don't mind that, it's an excellent look at the atonement of Christ. Very biblical. ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seminary level content dressed up in introductory level packaging.
Courtney Schmidt
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A challenging yet worthwhile read.
Mark Christenson
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A dense read. But quite good.
Janie Hartmann
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hope to read this book several more times. It is dense and I had to get about half way through the book to catch on to Murray’s writing style. Regardless of these hurdles, I still gained so much more knowledge of doctrines I thought I understood.
Michael Pagan
May 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding. Probably my new go-to resource to hand out when people have questions about the doctrine of salvation.
Jeff Wiesner
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A phenomenal re-read. It's worth the price of admission for the section on Christ's active and passive obedience, limited atonement, effectual calling, and glorification. From beginning to end, God gets all glory! ...more
Jeff Hill
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-my-library
Murray’s book falls neatly into two parts: 1. Redemption Accomplished and 2. Redemption Applied. In the first section Murray expounds upon the necessity, nature, perfection and extent of Christ’s atoning work. The second section deals with numerous ways that Christ’s redemption is applied to us. They include: regeneration, adoption, sanctification, union with Christ, glorification, etc. Take up and read friends, for this is a very profitable book!
Franklin Lucky
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tough read, well worth it.
Peter Jones
Aug 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
An excellent treatment of the reformed view of salvation. He works through why Christ had to die and what he did when he died. I think his section on the extent of the atonement was pretty good. He then goes into what benefits the elect get through the crucifixion/resurrection and how we receive those benefits. He chapter on union with Christ was also excellent. It was clear union with Christ brings with it things all the benefits of salvation. Union with Christ is salvific in the fullest sense ...more
Jon Cheek
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
Murray’s work on redemption is firmly rooted in Scripture and is a classic treatment of the subject for good reason. His argumentation on the Accomplishment of Redemption (part one) proves to be a helpful explanation and argumentation for understanding the atonement. Murray’s argumentation for limited atonement is not fully satisfactory, lacking significant positive argumentation from Scripture in defense of his view. Part two (the application of redemption) does not involve as much deep theolog ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rts
Solid overview of the work of Christ and the application of that work in the life of the individual believer. Really fleshes out the implications of getting the logical order incorrect. I think readers could be better served if he began this section on the ordo salutis with Union with Christ as the foundation instead of discussing it at the end. Also wish he said more about the corporate aspects of our salvation (being grafted into a community of believers), instead of just the individual benefi ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
While the author may be a very solid theologian, he is not a very good writer. I’ve read many, many books by Schaeffer, Sproul, Lewis, Pearcy, Bonhoeffer, Chesterton, Piper and more — Murray is by far the most difficult author I have read. At times, it would appear that he cares less about communication than he does about his arcane syntax and structure. For me, whatever substance he was trying to communicate got lost in his form, or lack of it.
Jeff Boettcher
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There is a reason that this book is a theology classic. Murray explains the key concepts of the Biblical teaching of the Christians redemption by Christ with compelling clarity. I was regularly brought to tears as I read.
Antoine Bradford IV
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a really excellent book on the nature of the redemption that Christ accomplished on the cross and how that redemption is then applied to those who believe in Jesus. I was thoroughly blessed by this book and my hope in Jesus is strengthened and stirred!

Highly recommend
Darby Stouffer
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! Amazing! Fabulous!
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John Murray was a Scottish-born Calvinist theologian who taught at Princeton Seminary and then left to help found Westminster Theological Seminary, where he taught for many years.

Murray was born in the croft of Badbea, near Bonar Bridge, in Sutherland county, Scotland. Following service in the British Army in the First World War (during which he lost an eye, serving in the famous Black Watch regim

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“With all these considerations in view, the order in the application of redemption is found to be, calling, regeneration, faith and repentance, justification, adoption, sanctification, perseverance, glorification. When this order is carefully weighed we find that there is a logic which evinces and brings into clear focus the governing principle of salvation in all of its aspects, the grace of God in its sovereignty and efficacy. Salvation is of the Lord in its application as well as in its conception and accomplishment.” 2 likes
“The glory of the cross is bound up with the effectiveness of its accomplishment.” 1 likes
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