Pastor Chad's Itinarary

Thursday, June 24, 2010

"For Whom Did Christ Die For"

John 6:37-40) But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Here in our text, the Lord of glory expounds whom He died for. Jesus Christ reveals a mystery to his people. A mystery that has caused great controversy over the last 2000 years in Christianity. The question is,"for whom did Christ die for."
A popular belief and one that opposes God's word is know as "general atonement." That is Jesus died for everyone. The only problem with this view of the atonement is it is unscriptual. If we use logic, if Christ died for everyone and his death on the cross was for everyone without exception, than everyone would be saved, right. No! Of course not, we know their are multitudes of people in Hell today, whom Christ did not satisfy the wrath of God and settle divine justice for them.
The bible states clearly, that the Father has given the Son (Jesus) a number of people (his elect) to come and die for. He tells us in the gospel of John "all the Father gives me will come to me." There is no question about it. Every person whom Christ died for will come to Him and Christ will raise Him up on the last die.
This gives us security as believers in Christ. This is why Baptist historically believes in "eternal security." Before the world was every formed God had set his affections on His elect. He gave His Son a work to come and accomplish. According to John 17:1-5, he did exactly what the Father sent him to do. Thus, glorifying His Father by completing the work of salvation for the elect. Salvation for God's people was accomplished on the cross of Calvary. It was more than a possibility but it was a surety for all of God's elect.

"For whom did Christ die for?"
If Christ died for all, all would be saved:
If Christ died for none, none would be saved:
If Christ died for some, some would be saved:
If Christ died for all, than Judas and Pharaoh is in heaven;
Who do you believe Christ died for?
I believe he died for some!