The Atonement of Christ

 

In the last article we saw how the freewill doctrine is at the root of every false religion, how it teaches that mans will determines God’s will and shipwrecks faith in God’s word. So now let’s see how it perverts the atonement of Christ by promoting a universal atonement that makes salvation “possible” for all….. but certain for none.

According to Scripture, those Jesus died for are those God foreknew, predestined, called, justified and glorified—-past tense and certain (Rom.8:29-39). “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began(2Tim.1:9).Yet, the freewill doctrine “puts the cart before the horse” so to speak, by implying that we must CAUSE Jesus to die and accomplish all this for us….. by believing, receiving, etc…… How ridiculous!

How can we cause something that God “determined before to be done” (Acts 4:28)? Besides, “a man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven (Jn.3:27). Believing is also the fruit of Christ’s effectual atonement, NOT the cause, for we can only “believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ” (Eph.1:19-20; 3:7). “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” (Rom.5:6, 15:3). 

And the ungodly that Christ died for were “elect according to the foreknowledge of God” (1Pet.1:2). Not because He foreknew they’d exercise their “freewill” to become godly, but He elected them “according to the good pleasure of His will” (Eph.1:4-5). God’s election of grace is the cause, whereas faith, repentance and godliness are the fruits, given thru the merits of Jesus’ blood (Acts 18:27, Rom.11:5-6). “For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth” (Rom.9:11).

Jesus said, “It is finished” (Jn.19:30). His death atoned for ALL the sins of ALL the elect throughout the world, including the sin of unbelief (Heb.10:12), which is why none of the elect that Jesus died for can end up in hell for unbelief. ”For who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us” (Rom.8:34), so that their faith fails not (Lk.22:32, Jn.17:9, Heb.7:25), for its “the faith of God’s elect” (Titus 1:1).

Yet, the freewill doctrine teaches that we come to Christ by our own “freewill” and so must maintain our own faith. It also teaches that we must “allow” God to save us by believing. But Scripture says just the opposite. “As many as were ordained to eternal life believed” (Acts 13:48). God foreknew His people because He foreordained them to eternal life. Jesus said He laid His life down FOR THE SHEEP, knowing exactly who He was dying for on the cross (Jn.13:1, 2Tim.2:19). But to those who aren’t His—- He said, “ye believe not, because ye are not of My sheep” (Jn.10:15, 26-28). Because those who don’t come to Him in truth are the goats (Mt.25:32-34).

Thank God in heaven that the atonement of Christ did all God intended; an actual payment, for actual sins, of actual people that God ordained to eternal life thru the gift of faith (Eph.2:8-10). It didn’t provide an abstract possibility of salvation, but secured the actual purchase and sure salvation of actual people. God had their names in the Lambs book of life before the foundation of the world and promises to never blot them out (Rev.3:5; 13:8, 17:8), which is why Jesus said they SHALL come to Him (Jn.6:37). And His word says to them, “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (2Thess.2:13). So friend, if you’re born of the Holy Spirit and able to believe the truth, you’ll be able to “make your calling and election sure” (2Pet.1:10).

So pray and seek God’s mercy in Jesus Christ today.

 

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