Did Christ offer himself up as a sacrifice for all people, or only for a limited number? The author replies that the atonement of Christ was sufficient to save the whole human race, but was efficient to save only the elect. The Arminians, however, argue that the atonement has made it possible for all men to cooperate with the divine grace, and thus come to salvation if they will believe. The author argues that if the Arminian view is right, then millions of those for whom Christ died have been lost, which means that his sacrifice could not save them. The author also describes the sacrifice of Christ as a ransom for many and not for all. Arguments are made that the foreknowledge of God means he knew and purposed the salvation of a limited number of people.
Source: Reformed Perspectives Magazine, 2007. 5 pages.
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