John Murray The Fall Of Man Analysis

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Introduction

Author
• John Murray, the author of Collected Writings of John Murray, Systematic Theology
• Former professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary
• born in the croft of Badbea, near Bonar Bridge, in Sutherland county, Scotland.
• Scottish-born Calvinistic theologian
• He also wrote Redemption Accomplished and Applied

Title of book and section

• The fall of man
• Leading up to the three problems associated with the fall of man, he addresses the fact of the fall; the activity of Satan with the redemptive work of Jesus Christ; the cause of the sin; and the effects of the fall.
• The fall of man is a mystery to Murray.

Thesis statement

• Murray leaves out some of the important doctrines of the bible in his
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Two doctrines to understand the fall of man

• Jesus the second person of Trinity was present before the creation of man. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (Jn. 1:3 KJV). by whom also he made the worlds (Heb. 1:2 KJV)
• Paul the apostle in his letter to Romans and Ephesians tells Christians that God had has family before the foundation of the worlds. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Rom. 8:29 KJV). According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4 KJV)

The fact of the fall

• Former professor of systematic theology opens with “Man was created upright and therefore with the character that constituted him for, and endowed him with the ability to perform, righteousness”. Man also had the divine image of God the Creator. However, Scripture and most Biblical scholars claim that man was created with two natures: body and spirit. The spiritual part of man was formed in the image of God. “God is spirit” (John 4:24). The body was formed from the “dust of the ground” (Gen.

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