In his first letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul wrote that the one mediator between God and mankind "is the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all..." (1 Tim. 2:5b-6a). What does it mean that Jesus is a "ransom for all"? This is a bigger discussion, to be sure, but here's… Continue reading A Ransom for All? 1 Timothy 2:6
Sometimes people say that the doctrines of grace get in the way of evangelism. They say that Calvinism is a detriment when sharing the gospel. However, when approached biblically, the doctrines of grace actually help us share the gospel better in various ways. For one excellent example, here's what John Murray wrote about evangelism and… Continue reading Evangelism and Definite Atonement[?] (Murray)
One of the major biblical reasons why I believe and teach the doctrine of limited atonement (better: definite atonement) has to do with Jesus' work of salvation. Specifically, the Bible teaches that Jesus' obedience, suffering, and death is very much connected to his resurrection, ascension, and intercession (Is. 53:12b, Rom. 8:33-34). Those for whom Jesus… Continue reading Definite Atonement and Christ’s Intercession (Owen)
John Owen's classic, The Death of Death, is not the easiest book to read, but it sure is worth the effort! Since I'll be preaching through the doctrines of grace later this Summer, I'm reading Owen's book again as part of sermon preparation. Here's a helpful section I ran across this morning. Owen said this… Continue reading A Dilemma of Universalism (Owen)
What does Reformed theology teach about the extent of Christ's atonement? Francis Turretin (d. 1687) explained definite atonement well: "The common opinion of the Reformed is that Christ - from the mere good pleasure of the Father - was appointed and given as a Redeemer and head, not to all men, but to a certain… Continue reading He Does Really and Actually Save!