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…

Redemption Accomplished, Part 4 – Not a Wasted Death

In Chapter 4 of Redemption Accomplished and Applied, John Murray deals with one of the most controversial doctrines of Reformed theology – limited atonement. In contrast to the idea of universal atonement, which is that Christ died for the sins of every single person, limited atonement holds that Christ died only for the elect of…

The Lord’s Supper, Part 4 – Putting It into Practice

In chapter four of The Lord’s Supper, Dr. Letham deals with several matters concerning the actual observance of the sacrament in our churches, such as one loaf vs. individual pieces, leavened bread vs. unleavened, wine vs. grape juice, and the frequency of observance. It seems to me that these practical considerations often generate a level…