Christ did not lay down His life to atone for the sins of all of mankind!Posted: December 1, 2009 Filed under: Westminster Confession of Faith 4 Comments
8:7 Christ, in the work of mediation, acts according to both natures, by each nature doing that which is proper to itself; yet, by reason of the unity of the person, that which is proper to one nature is sometimes in Scripture attributed to the person denominated by the other nature.
Thoughts: Christ did not lay down His life to atone for the sins of all of mankind, nor for an indefinite number of saints. His sacrifice was indeed sufficient to save the whole world, had it been designed to do so; but in the purpose of God and in the undertaking of Christ, it was determined that He should make atonement for those who were elected in Him to everlasting life; these only He represented, and these only shall be saved through His redemption. This truth is commonly called limited atonement or what seems to be a better term in my book, particular redemption.
What an amazing thing for the unsaved to hear…
Why do this blog seem to focus on detailed theology that doesn’t impact the way Christians should live their day to day lives and does not show the unsaved the love of our Savior. I respect the fact that you spend your life searching after details of the Bible, but what happened to writing things that are more than just reaction grabbers? I have a feeling that God cares more about the unsaved hearing his words, than the saved disecting them while sitting on their high horses.Whether or not there are a select few who will know God, everyone deserves to hear about his saving grace. Why should things like this matter?
Annie glad to see you read the blog, however very unfortunate to see your comments. Your comments like “What an amazing thing for the unsaved to hear…” I did not know that I wrote the post for only unbeliever’s to read, did I? However I have no problem telling an unbeliever, nor a believer the above post. You go on to say, “Why do (does*) this blog seem to focus on detailed theology that doesn’t impact the way Christians should live their day to day lives and does not show the unsaved the love of our Savior.” As you call it “Detailed Theology” everyone has Annie. Theology is only the Science of God, and everyone has a view of God, if there is a God, what kind of God, where they such to study God, detailed nor just reading your Holy Bible of 66 books, everyone has a theology. Just how much they know, or seek-out to study and learn or themselves is up to them. No matter deatiled, nor just simple reading of the Bible looking in how the Lord wishes to see His people live is theology. Those that do not have “detailed” theology, nor any theology then do not live correctly obeying the Lord’s commands that he has given to His people. More you properly know the Scriptures the better and more you know in how to live before the Lord’s sight. Proper theology, done right, studied well, and sought after is what does change the lives of the Lord’s people. However the younger generation, and typical evangelicals today do not know much of it, nor are they taught by their churches, youth pastors, or even pastor’s etc. However many of them are taught moralistic messages trying to make you a better person, but never knowing anything more important about the Bible, Jesus Christ, and His Word correctly. You go on to add, “I respect the fact that you spend your life searching after details of the Bible, but what happened to writing things that are more than just reaction grabbers?” Glad you say that you “respect what I have decided to do” however I am uncertain of what that has to do with anything. You then add, “What happen to writing things that are more?” I write theology, book reviews, author interviews, what I’m studying, what I’m reading etc. You can see to the right of the blog besides my picture. I write what I believe, my thoughts, my “Musings” hence the title. You don’t like it, then comment, start a conversation, see what other think, or believe on the Bible.
However your worldview shows its self ever more so when you make the comments “I have a feeling that God cares more about the unsaved hearing his words, than the saved disecting them while sitting on their high horses.”
I’m not sure what “feeling” you had, but feelings nor experience determine what the truth is about the bible nor does your feeling, nor does what you or I think Jesus Would Do matter. What Jesus Did Do matters more, and what He Has Given us matters more than anything of ourselves. The above comments on what you believe, have no Scriptural foundation in any way. “Why should things like this matter?” because Knowing Jesus, His words, the Bible, how His people live, theology of His people, matters. All should hear the gospel yes you are right and no one in the article said they shouldn’t, but that does not justify the means that God gives His saving grace to only His people.
Hope this helps.
I can sympathize, God does want everyone to hear about his saving grace. The gospel is supposed to be proclaimed to the ends of the earth. But doesn’t Michael’s point move from theoretical speculation and dissection to practicality because it answers what exactly the “gospel” is. The gospel, which is to be announced everywhere, is the power of salvation, and the only way it can be the power of salvation is by affirming what Michael has said above. What do you think?