Weekly Rap-Up with Shai Linne
Did Christ come to save all people in the world? Was that His goal? If so, did He attain that goal or did He fail? This is the question over the atonement. Was it indefinite or definite? Was it made to save those called the elect or all people? Shai Linne argues for the definite atonement by appealing to the nature of God.
Shai Linne - Mission Accomplished
Here’s a controversial subject that tends to divide. For years it’s had Christians lining up on both sides. By God’s grace, I’ll address this without pride. The question concerns those for whom Christ died. Was He trying to save everybody worldwide? Was He trying to make the entire world His Bride? Does man’s unbelief keep the Savior’s hands tied? Biblically, each of these must be denied. It’s true, Jesus gave up His life for His Bride, but His Bride is the elect, to whom His death is applied. If on judgment day, you see that you can’t hide and because of your sin, God’s wrath on you abides and hell is the place you eternally reside, that means your wrath from God hasn’t been satisfied. But we believe His mission was accomplished when He died. But how the cross relates to those in hell? Well, they’d be saying: “Lord knows He tried.”
People are saying that He tried. And I’m saying, “Did He try and fail or did He succeed?” Is there going to be one drop of the Savior’s blood in vain? No, perish the thought. The Lamb will receive His reward for His suffering.
Father, Son and Spirit: three and yet one, working as a unit to get things done. Our salvation began in eternity past. God certainly has to bring all His purpose to pass. A triune, eternal bond no one could ever sever. When it comes to the church, peep how they work together. The Father foreknew first; the Son came to earth to die; the Holy Spirit gives the new birth. The Father elects them; the Son pays their debt and protects them; the Spirit is the One who resurrects them. The Father chooses them; the Son gets bruised for them; the Spirit renews them and produces fruit in them. Everybody’s not elect, the Father decides. And it’s only the elect in whom the Spirit resides. The Father and the Spirit – completely unified. But when it comes to Christ and those in hell? Well, they’d be saying: “Lord knows He tried.”
So, if we can agree that the election of the Father is not universal and the regeneration of the Holy Spirit is not universal, why would the atonement of the Son be universal? That would put the persons of the Trinity completely at odds with one another. But the Triune God is completely unified.
My third and final verse, here’s the situation. Just a couple more things for your consideration. If saving everybody was why Christ came into history, with so many in hell, we’d have to say He failed miserably. So many think He only came to make it possible. Let’s follow this solution to a conclusion that’s logical. What about those who were already in the grave, the Old Testament wicked, condemned as depraved? Did He die for them? C’mon, behave! But worst of all, you’re saying the cross by itself doesn’t save – that we must do something to give the cross its power. That means, at the end of the day, the glory’s ours. That man-centered thinking is not recommended. The cross will save all for whom it was intended. Because for the elect, God’s wrath was satisfied. But still, when it comes to those in hell, well, they are saying: “Lord knows He tried.”
Look, at the end of the day, this is about giving God the maximum amount of glory. We proclaim a cross that actually saves – not makes salvation possible, but actually saves. Matthew 1:31, His name should be called Jesus because He will save His people from their sins – not might save them, not try to save them. He will actually save them. It is a definite atonement.