Friday, March 11, 2011

D.A Carson - The Atonement

"I argue, then, that both Arminians and Calvinists should rightly affirm that Christ died for all, in the sense that Christ’s death was sufficient for all and that Scripture portrays God as inviting, commanding, and desiring the salvation of all, out of love (in the third sense developed in the first chapter). Further, all Christians ought also to confess that, in a slightly different sense, Christ Jesus, in the intent of God, died effectively for the elect alone, in line with the way the Bible speaks of God’s special selecting love for the elect (in the fourth sense developed in the first chapter)."

D.A. Carson - The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God (Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Books, 2000), 73-79.


  1. Died for the whole world. Died for the sins of the world. Forgave those that hated Him and killed Him.

    No, I think He died for and forgives everyone.

    But not everyone comes to faith.

    That is God's business.

    If we come to faith, God gets all the credit. if we don't, we get all the blame. We ought not lay that on God.


  2. Hey "TheOldAdam",

    I would only add "forgives everyone who repents and believes in the gospel."

    That is how (by God's grace) men have the crediting of Christs atoning work and righteousness applied to save them. "For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." - Rom 4:3 NKJV