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For Whom did Christ Die?

June 7, 2013 | by: Sam Storms| 7 Comments


Jim Gray

Jun 11, 2013

It is clear that 1 John 2:1-2 that Christ is the propitiatory sacrifice for not only the sins of believers, but also of the whole world. It then is logical to ask, "Then why are not all men saved, if Christ died for all sin?" The answer lies in the fact that Christ was the satisfaction to God for the penalty for sin...death. God was satisfied and thus Christ cried, "It is finished". The work was done, never to be repeated. However, Scripture is clear that unless one accepts the work of Christ, he is lost...John 1:12. Only to those who recieve Christ have the right to be called the Sons of God. Christ's death was what was demanded to pay for all sin, but only those who receive the free gift of salvation possess it. It is like having a large deposit in a bank in your name, but unless you actually take it, it is not possessed, even though it is provided apart from any effort on your part.

Lindsay Kennedy

Jun 10, 2013

I have a question in response to point c. What about the fact that before believers were justified, we were called "children of wrath" (Eph 2:3). If believers who Christ certainly died for could be under God's wrath before believing and being justified, then couldn't it be true that Christ died for the whole world, but until one repents and believes they are under God's wrath? This is an issue I've always had with Definite/Limited atonement and I've not yet found a response to it, though I'm certain there is one. I'm sure I'm not the first to think of this!

Chase Blankenship

Jun 9, 2013

I put Owen's book on hold when I purchased "Kingdom Come"


Jun 8, 2013

Your ministry is a big blessing for me.
Thanks from my heart.


Jun 7, 2013

This is known as "Owen's Dilemma." It is not a dilemma for Owen but rather a dilemma authored by Owen for his opponents, the Arminians, who affirm that, in some sense, Christ died for all. In my opinion Owen's Dilemma is correct, logically sound, compelling, and irrefutable.


Jun 7, 2013

Great excerpt. Had this one on the reading list for too long now. Perhaps I'll bump it to the top of the list after I finish your Convergence ;) Thanks, Sam!

Jeff Albright

Jun 7, 2013

Oh so good. That little book is very dense, but completely worth the effort.

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