Jesus Died for Everyone

by admin ~ February 27th, 2010. Filed under: Brandenburg, gospel, Jesus.

Whom did Jesus die for? Did He die for all sinners or did He die merely for the elect, individuals who were predetermined to heaven before the foundation of the world? Are there people whom Jesus did not die for? Are His offers of salvation a mere taunt? What is the gospel? 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 says the gospel which he preached to them, before they were saved, was “how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.” While those Corinthians were still lost, Paul preached to them how Christ died for them. Can we preach to the lost that Christ died for their sins? How could we include them in that preaching if Christ didn’t actually die for them? According to the Calvinist, the answer is “no.” But why would anyone receive Christ unless he knew that Christ died for him? That’s the gospel. If Christ did not die for everyone, then you’re lying if you say Jesus died for him. Yes, only the elect, only those who believe or receive Christ, will experience the benefits of what Jesus did on the cross, but Jesus died for everyone. 2 Peter 2:1 tells us, “But there were false prophets also among the people . . . who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” The Lord bought them. Christ paid their purchase price. So why don’t they go to heaven if the Lord bought them? Romans 1:18 says it’s because “they hold the truth in unrighteousness.” They hold or suppress the truth. It’s not that they don’t know the truth. They know it. The next verse says God showed it to them. Nevertheless, he died for even apostates.

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