sq .; Wm. Thomson, The Atoning Work of Christ; Hopkins, Works, 1:321. E. The Extent of the Atonement.
The Scriptures represent the atonement as having been made for all men and as sufficient for the salvation of all. The atonement therefore is not limited but the application of the atonement, is through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Upon this principle of a universal atonement, but a special application of it to the elect, we must interpret such passages as <490104>Ephesians 1:4, 7; <550109>2 Timothy 1:9, 10; <431709>John 17:9, 20, 21 ? asserting a special efficacy of the atonement in the case of the elect; and also such passages as <600201>1 Peter 2:1; <620202>1 John 2:2; <540206>1 Timothy 2:6; 4:10; <560211>Titus 2:11 ? asserting that the death of Christ is for all.
Passages asserting special efficacy of the atonement, in the case of the elect, are the following: <490104>Ephesians 1:4 ? ?chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love?; 7 ? ?in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace?; <550109>2 Timothy 1:9, 10 ? God ?who saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before times eternal, but hath now been manifested by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel ?; <431709>John 17:9 ? ?I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for those whom thou hast given me?; 20 ? ?Neither for these only do I pray, but for them also that believe on me through their word?; 24 ? ?Father, that which thou hast given me, I desire that where I am, they also may be with me; that they may behold my glory, which thou best given me.?
Passages asserting that the death of Christ is for all are the following: <610201> 2 Peter 2:1 ? ?false teachers, who shall privily bring in destructive heresies, denying even the Master that bought them?; <620202>1 John 2:2 ? ?and he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the whole world?; <540206>1 Timothy 2:6 ? Christ Jesus ?who gave himself a ransom for all?; 4:10 ? ?the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of them that believe?; <560211>Titus 2:11 ? For the grace of God hath appeared, bringing salvation to all men.? <450322>Romans 3:22 (A. V.) ? ?unto all and upon all them that believe ? has sometimes been interpreted
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