John Murray on Common Grace and the Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel

Murray (1898-1975) was an early professor at Westminster East Seminary and one of Reformed Christianity’s leading theologians.



On Common Grace

‘Common Grace’ in Works  Buy  vol. 2, pp. 93-119



Articles on the Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel

John Murray Compared with the Post-Reformation on the Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel

This comparison article puts quotes from Murray side by side with quotes from Richard Muller, one of the world’s leading historians of post-Reformation reformed theology, under 12 topical questions, demonstrating that Murray’s thesis on the ‘Well-meant’ offer of the gospel in the early 1900’s was not new or unique to him, but that every element of his position was standard fare from the age of the puritans.

‘The Atonement and the Free Offer of the Gospel’  in Works  Buy  vol. 1, pp. 59-85

How does the Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel harmonize with Limited Atonement?  Read here to find out.

The Free Offer of the Gospel  1948  19 pages, in Works  Buy  vol. 4, pp. 113-132, being the OPC Majority Report on the topic

This is Murray’s main, and most well known, article on the subject.  Murray exegetes Matt 5:44-48; Acts 14:17; Deut. 5:29; 32:29; Ps. 81:13 ff.; Isa. 48:18; Mt. 23:37; Lk. 13:34; Eze. 18:23,32; 33:11; Isa. 45:22; 2 Pet. 3:9.  He concludes the article with 5 conclusions.



Articles Including Free Offer Material

‘The Message of Evangelism’, Works  Buy  vol. 1, pp. 124-134, especially pp. 130-132

‘Some Necessary Emphases in Preaching’, Works  Buy  vol. 1, pp. 143-151, especially pp. 145-147

‘The Reformed Faith and Modern Substitutes: Part IV’ in The Presbyterian Guardian, vol. 1 (1935), no. 12, pp. 200-201 and 211



Selections from Books with Free Offer Material

Redemption Accomplished and Applied  Buy  pp. 65, 107-113

The Epistle to the Romans  Buy  part one, pp. 58-60, and part two, p. 63

Principles of Conduct  Buy  pp. 177-178



Sermons with Free Offer Material

‘Divine Thanksgiving for Divine Sovereignty’, in Works  Buy  vol. 3, pp. 185-189

‘The Father’s Donation’, Works  Buy  vol. 3, pp. 204-209

‘God’s Love and Our Life’, Works  Buy  vol. 3, pp. 268-272, especially pp. 269-272




(These references were gratefully gleaned from an unpublished bibliography on the Free Offer by Rev. Sherman Isbell)



Related Pages

Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel

Sincere Free Offer Historic Quotes

John Murray Compared with the Post-Reformation on the Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel

Common Grace

Historic Reformed Quotes on Common Grace