Spurgeon Speaks at Building Bridges Conference in N.C.

We are often told(I mean those of us who are commonly nicknamed by the title Calvinists)—and we are not very much ashamed of that—we are often told that we limit the atonement of Christ because we say that Christ has not made a satisfaction for all men,or all men would be saved.

Now, who is it that limits the death of Christ?  Why, you.  You say that Christ did not die so as to infallibly secure the salvation of anybody.  We beg your pardon, when you say WE limit Christ’s death.  We say, no, my dear Sir, it is you that do it.  We say Christ so died that He infallibly secured the salvation of a multitude that no man can number,  who through Christ’s death not only may be saved but are saved,  must be saved and cannot by an possibility run the hazard of being anything but saved.  You are welcome to your atonement.  You may keep it.  We will never renounce ours for the sake of it.”

Now, Beloved, when you hear anyone laughing or jeering at a limited atonement, you may tell him this-general atonement is like a great wide bridge with only half an arch.  It does  not go across the stream.  It only professes to go half way-it does not secure the salvation of anybody.  Now, I had rather put my foot upon a bridge as narrow as Hungerford, which went all the way across, than on a bridge that was wide  as the world, if it did not go all the way across the stream.  I am told it is my duty  to say that ALL men have been redeemed, and I am told that there is a Scripture warrant for it-who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Now, that looks like a very great argument, indeed, on the other side of the question.  For instance, look here-“The whole world is gone after Him.”  Did all the WORLD go after Christ?  “then went all Judea and were baptized of him in Jordan.”

Was all Judea, or all Jerusalem baptized in Jordan?  ;You are of God, little children,& and the whole world lies in the wicked one. Does the whold world  there mean everybody?  If so, how was it, then, that there were some who were of God”?  the words WORLD and ALL are used in some seven or eight senses in Scripture.  And it is very rarelly that  means all persons taken individually.  The words are generally used to signify that Christ has redeemed some of all  Jews, and Gentiles, some rich, some poor-and has not restricted His redemption to either Jew or Gentile.

Leaving controversy, however, I will now answer a question.  Tell me then, Sir, who did Christ die for?  Will you answer me a question or two and I will tell you whether He died for YOU.  Do you want a Saviour?  Do you feel that need a Saviour?  Are you conscious that you have no hope in the world but Christ?  Do you feel that you of yourself cannot offer an atonement that can satisfy God’s justice?  Have you given up all confidence in yourselves?  And can you say upon your bended knees;Lord, save, or I perish;?  Christ died for you.

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