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Atonement – Definite (‘Limited’)

July 25, 2009

(Christ’s) sacrifice is unlimited. His merit is sufficient to cover the demerits of all who sin…When we speak of the sufficiency of the atonement, however, we must ask the question, Is it a sufficient satisfaction of divine justice? If it is suficient to satisfy the demands of God’s justice, then no one needs to worry about future punishment. If God accepts payment of one person’s moral debt from another, will He then exact payment of the same debt later by the person himself? The answer is obviously no.

This means that if Christ really, objectively satisfied the demands of God’s justice for everyone, then everyone will be saved.

“The atonement of Christ was clearly limited or unlimited. There is no alternative, no tertium quid. If it is unlimited in an absolute sense, then an atonement has been made for every person’s sins. Christ has then made propitiation for all persons’ sins and expiated them as well.” The result of an effective unlimited atonement leads to universalism. Sproul concludes, “This means that if Christ really, objectively satisfied the demands of God’s justice for everyone, then everyone will be saved.”

R.C. Sproul, Grace Unknown: The Heart of Reformed Theology (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1997), 164-165.

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