Limited Atonement?

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by Stan, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. I'm not sure why I've missed all these posts. I'm watching the thread but haven't received one Alert?
  2. You'd have to ask Jeff or Banarenth, they're the experts on the software. Have you checked to make sure you have selected the box for getting alerts? The software has been upgraded or updated recently, so it is possible that some settings were changed in the process and may have to be reset. I was thinking about the email alerts. If you're talking about the alerts at the top of the page, check your alert settings to make sure the box for watched threads is checked.
  3. Yep nothing changed except THIS thread, and I got this alert so who knows. Oh well.
  4. I'm getting alerts for maybe half the posts on the entire thread....
  5. It might be a good idea to list the conclusions that both sides of this issue hold in common. Regardless of whether you believe in Particular Redemption or Unlimited Atonement, we both believe:
    1) Not all will be saved.
    2) A free offer of the gospel can rightly be made to everyone. It is very true that "whosever will" may come.
    3) We all agree that Christ's death in itself, because He is the infinite Son of God, has infinite merit and is in itself sufficient to pay the penalty of the sins of as many as the Father and the Son decreed, whether it be few or all.

    The crux of the whole issue is this: When Christ died, did he actually pay the penalty only for the sins of those who would believe in Him, or for the sins of every person of all ages who ever lived?"
  6. Limited Atonement is even pictured in several Old Testament passages. The Ark of Noah was designed and built to house eight people (Hb. 11:7) yet there were thousand possibily living on earth. No holiday was more solemn in ancient Israel than Yom Kippur, the High Day of Atonement. Israel's high priest would annually disappear behind the mystrious veil in the Tabernacle carrying a basin of blood from a sacrificed animal. Later, he would emerge to the celebration of the crowd; the sins of the Nation had been covered for another year. The specific meaning of the ritual is explained in Leviticus chapter sixteen. By carefully reading this passage, it is easy to see that the Jews never conceived of this atonement as being universal in scope, design or application. Note carefully that the recipient of this sacrifice was never mankind in general, but a particular people. "He shall make atonement for the holy place, because of the impurities of 'the son of Israel,' and because of 'their' transgression, in regard to all 'their' sins; and thus he shall do for the tent of meeting which abides with 'them' in the midst of their impurities" (Lev. 16:16 emphasiis added).
    It is difficult to miss the analogy between Yom Kippur and the work of Christ upon the cross. Even the writer of Hebrews draws this comparison (Hb. 9:7-12). The Old Testament priest brought blood in before the Mercy Seat to make atonement for the 'sons of the children of Israel,' those people who were joined to Him in the Old Covenant. Christ ascended up to Heaven and presented Himself before the Father to take away the sins of 'his people,' (Mt. 1:21) those joined to Him in the New Covenant.

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