What does ‘limited atonement’ mean?

What does ‘limited atonement’ mean? When a Calvinist uses the term, it means. it means ‘Christ’s intention in His death was the perfect and substitutionary atonement of all of His elect’ The scope of His work is in perfect harmony with His intention, which is the salvation of His elect people who are entrusted to Him. It makes no sense for Christ to offer atonement for those the Father does not entrust to Him for salvation. Obviously, a person who does not believe the Father entrusts a particular people (the elect) to the Son has no reason to believe in particular redemption. But since it is His intention to save all those given to Him by the Father (John 6:37-39), He bears their iniquities in His body on the tree in their place. B.B. Warfield is correct when he asserts that the substitutionary aspect of the work of Christ on the cross is ‘as precious to the Calvinist as is his particularism, and for the safeguard of which, indeed, much of his zeal for particularism is due.

The Potter’s Freedom (2nd ed.) , James White, 2009, p.231-2

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