The bigger threat to the well-being of the Church

Last Sunday I preached on these words from 1 Peter 2: “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution” (v.13). As I thought about the relationship between the Church and government, and how we as Christians often feel and express alarm at the prospect of living under a government hostile to the Christian…

Redemption Applied, Part 2 – God’s Effectual Call

According to John Murray in Redemption Accomplished and Applied, the very first step in the application of salvation is God’s effectual calling. That is the subject of chapter 2 of Part 2. The word “effectual” is important, because the Bible does describe a universal call to salvation that goes out to all who hear the…

Redemption Applied, Part 1 – The God of Order

Having finished discussing the accomplishment of our redemption in Part 1 (that accomplishment being the atoning work of Christ), John Murray goes on in Part 2 of Redemption Accomplished and Applied to focus on how God then applies that redemption to his people. Chapter 1 of Part 2, “The Order of Application,” is, as the…