What is the Gospel? : Track #10

A Series of Studies on the foundational Doctrines of the Gospel

Part III In Him we have Redemption (Ephesians 1:7)

III.2 The Recipients of Redemption: “We”

Who is “we?” For whom did Christ die?

  • If we believe in universal atonement: then why is there a hell?
  • If we believe in limited atonement: why did God treat Judas differently to Peter?

1. The Theoretical Problem

a) The Offense of Limited Atonement

  • If we reject universalism, we must accept that atonement is limited, at least in its effects (for not all are saved). But is that limitation God’s original intent, or an accommodation to subsequent reality?

b) The Offense of Universal Atonement

  • Injustice
  • Impotence: God did his best in sending his Son, but actually failed to save as many as he would have liked:

“The immediate effect of the death of Christ is not the remission of sins or the actual redemption of any.” Arminius

“Christ did not properly die to save anyone.” Grevinch

  • Insecurity: It leaves my salvation up to me

c) The Offer of the Gospel
- The Blood of Jesus which is sufficient for all has a divine intention attached to it that applies to the elect. Consider:

  • The object of his death
  • The outcome of his death

2. The Practical Solution

a) The Proclamation of Salvation

  • There is nothing but a sinful unwillingness that can prevent anyone coming to Christ
  • All may come if they will; the elect will come.

“Any man, elect or non-elect will be saved if he accepts Christ” A.A.Hodge

b) The Plea of the Sinner

  • every person who comes to Christ will be saved (John 6:37b)
  • every person who comes to Christ discovers afterwards that they did so because the Father drew them (John 6:37a)

Brian Watts is Pastor of The King's Community Church and lives in Langley with his wife Rosalind.
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