It Is One Thing For Sin to Live in Us…

There must be a constant and increasing appreciation that though sin still remains it does not have the mastery.  There is a total difference between suviving sin and reigning sin, the regerate in conflict with sin and the unregenerate complacent to sin.  It is one thing for sin to live in us; it is another for us to live in sin.

– John Murray

as quote by Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 102

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It Involves Conflict in the Heart and Life of a Christian

The presence of sin in the believer involves conflict in his heart and life.  If there is remaining, indwelling sin, there myst be the conflict which Paul described in Romans 7:14ff.  It is futile to argue that this conflict is not normal.  If there is still sin to any degree in one who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, then there is tension, yes, contradiction, within thehear of that person.  Indeed, the more sanctified the person is, the more confirmed he is to the image of his Savior, the more he must recoil against every lack of conformity to the holiness of God.  The deeper his apprehension of the majesty of God, the greater the intensity of his love to God, the more persistent his yearning for the attainment of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, the more conscious will he be of the gravity of the sin which remains and the more poignant will be his detestation of it.

– John Murray

as quoted byBridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 101

The Once-For-All Definitive Breach With Sin as a Sign of a Believer

What the apostle has in view is the once-fo-all definitive breach with sin which constitutes the identity of the believer.  A believer cannot therefore live in sin; if a man lives in sin he is not a believer.  If we view sin as a realm or sphere then the believer no longer lives in that realm or sphere.”

– John Murray on Romans 6:2

as quoted by Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 71

The Doctrine of Propitiation

The Doctrine of propitiation is precisely this: that God loved the objects of His wrath so much that He gave His own Son to the end that He by His blood should make provisions for the removal of His wrath.  It was Christ’s so to deal with the wrath that the loved would no longer be the objects of wrath, and love would achieve its aim of making the children of wrath the children of God’s good pleasure.

by, John Murry (The Atonement, page 15)

Knowing God, copyright 1993, page 185