"The Extent of the Atonement"
"[S]ince all benefits and blessings are in the realm of Christ's dominion, and since this dominion rests upon His finished work of atonement, the benefits innumerable that are enjoyed by all men indiscriminately are related to the death of Christ and may be said to accrue from it in one way or another."
"Christ[, however,] did not come to put men in a redeemable position but to redeem to Himself a people." [Murray cites Rev 5:9; Heb 9:12; Tit 2:14.]
"The doctrine of the atonement must be radically revised if, as atonement, it applies to those who finally perish as well as those who are the heirs of eternal life."
"All for whom Christ died also died in Christ. All who died in Christ rose again with Christ." [Murray cites Rom 6:4-5; 2 Cor 5:14-15; Col 3:3.]
"[T]hose for whom Christ died are those and those only who die to sin and live to righteousness."
"[T]he death of Christ in its specific character as atonement was for those and those only who are in due time partakers of that new life of which Christ's resurrection is the pledge and pattern."
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