Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Limited Atonement

Raymond A. Blacketer on limited atonement:
The Synod of Dort affirmed what has come to be called the doctrine of limited atonement, although definite atonement or particular redemption would be more apt descriptions of this teaching. In brief, this is the belief that the satisfaction rendered by Christ on the cross was of infinite value and worth by virtue of Christ's incarnation but that its intended object was not sinners in general, or every individual, but rather those whom God had elected from eternity. Furthermore, this specific, or definite efficacy is not the result of human failure to believe. Rather, it is the divine decree of election that is the limiting factor. the Father sent his Son to the cross to pay the price of the sins of the elect. (Nicole, Roger R., Charles E. Hill, and Frank A. James. The Glory of the Atonement: Biblical, Historical & Practical Perspectives : Essays in Honor of Roger Nicole. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2004. Print. 304-5)

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