He Does Really and Actually Save!

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!

Definite Atonement and Christian Comfort (Owen)

In Chapter seven of The Death of Death John Owen showed how Jesus' atoning sacrifice (his "oblation") is tightly connected with his intercession.  Owen argued that rather than say Jesus died for all and failed in his aim and design, we should agree with Paul, "grounding the assurance of our eternal glory and freedom from… Continue reading Definite Atonement and Christian Comfort (Owen)

Definite Atonement and The Free Offer of the Gospel

Sometimes people wrongly think that the doctrine of limited/definite atonement means we can’t preach the gospel to all people because we don’t know if Christ died for them or not.  In hyper-calvinistic circles this might show up from time to time.  However, in solid Reformed theology, we don’t focus on God’s hidden decree and will,… Continue reading Definite Atonement and The Free Offer of the Gospel

For Those He Came To Save

Most of our readers know of Louis Berkhof’s excellent Systematic Theology.  But Berkhof also has some other gems out there, including Vicarious Atonement Through Christ.  In just under 200 pages, Berkhof discusses the doctrine of Christ’s satisfaction, including the necessity of the atonement, the objective and vicarious nature of the atonement, the subjective effects of… Continue reading For Those He Came To Save

A Triune Perspective on Limited (Definite) Atonement

Edwin Palmer (d. 1980) wrote a helpful book called The Five Points of Calvinism.  This is a good resource for those who want a detailed yet readable and relatively brief explanation of the doctrines of grace.  Here’s an edited summary of Palmer’s discussion of Limited (Definite) Atonement which he explains in a Trinitarian and biblical… Continue reading A Triune Perspective on Limited (Definite) Atonement