A Limited Atonement? Did Jesus Die For All?

Some say only Christians, some say the whole world. The “L” of the TULIP acronym is definitely one of the most controversial and most misunderstood. I refer you to my previous series for more detail on the “limited” nature of the atonement, but today I want to stress some points that we can surely all agree upon.Firstly, we can surely agree that Jesus’ death was enough for the whole world, but will not be permanently applied to the whole world—so while unrepentant sinners do benefit temporarily f … [Read more...]

J. I. Packer on the Atonement

I received the following two articles from the communications director of the UCCF, and they have been kind enough to give me permission to republish them here. The first article is by J. I. Packer, and the second one is by Richard Cunningham, and were originally published in a UCCF magazine.Penal Substitution RevisitedJ. I. PackerThroughout my 63 years as an evangelical believer, the penal substitutionary understanding of the cross of Christ has been a flashpoint of controversy and division … [Read more...]

The Atonement – A Quiz

As we finally draw towards the close of our series on the atonement, I thought it would be helpful to use the following tool to help us review where we have been. I found this helpful quiz online. Many of these questions address doctrinal issues that we have discussed, although some of them are factual and may not have been answered directly in my posts.The quiz is meant to be answered from the perspective of what John Stott says in his book The Cross of Christ. It can also be used to helpfully … [Read more...]

A New Domain and Your Chance to Help Me!

This week was meant to be almost a crescendo as I had hoped to finish off my long-running blog series on the atonement last week. Blogger ruined all that sadly! Due to some kind of bizarre fault, I was unable to publish my blog for several days at http://adrianwarnock.com/, which in blog years is a lifetime!So I thought of a neat work-around. I would simply move the blog to a new server and domain name that was co-operating with Blogger and all would be well. A quick temporary redirect on the … [Read more...]

Penal Substitutionary Atonement – Precious Gospel or Divine Child Abuse?

UPDATE In January 2008, the following post was identified as the 25th all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 26th most-read post was "25% Off Logos Bible Software by Libronix.This post summarizes some of my series on the atonement, and links to a number of other posts on the subject. There are many other posts within this series—the most popular of which was one entitled "J. I. Packer on the Atonement."***************As we finally draw near to the conclusion of t … [Read more...]

Brian McLaren Supports Steve Chalke About the Cross

UPDATE - Steve Chalke has expressed his views more fully in a chapter in The Atonement Debate, and I have posted a response to this.-----A reader recently pointed me to the following passage from a longer article on The Resurgence about Brett Kunkle's concerns about the Emergent movement. I hope my American readers appreciate that the atonement issue is far from being just  a UK problem at the moment; this quote certainly makes that plain!"My first area of concern is the cross. Here we ask … [Read more...]

The Atonement and the Resurrection – It's All About Jesus

Sometimes we get so caught up in our doctrine of the cross that we forget the ULTIMATE PURPOSE FOR WHICH CHRIST DIED AND WAS RISEN. It was, in fact, not first and foremost for us, rather it was for Him. It was—like everything God does—for the sake of His own name and His own glory. He died and rose again so that one day everyone would acknowledge His supremacy and His right to rule over the entire universe. The following Scriptures will help us to lift our gaze from the mundane … [Read more...]

The Atonement – Jesus' Death Is Not Repeated at Communion

In our churches these days we have people coming from all kinds of backgrounds. I know that I probably have readers of the blog who feel the Mass or Communion in some way is a repetition of Jesus’ sacrifice. I wanted, therefore, to take this opportunity to share some verses which, to my mind, settle that point once and for all.“Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the Holy Place yearly with blood not his own; for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the … [Read more...]

The Atonement – Don't Forget the Blood of Christ

A number of years ago I remember watching an evangelism training video. It had a laughable sketch where someone went up to a total stranger and asked, “Have you been washed in the blood of the lamb?” In our squeamish culture, it probably isn’t the best question to ask someone at the very beginning of a conversation about Christ. I fear for us, Howe ever, that we are in danger of loosing the appreciation that the old saints had for the “precious blood of Jesus.” So I thought in this post we would … [Read more...]

Are You Still A Sinner?

One of my commentators didn't like my last post when I said that God really does change us when we become a Christian. I am not going to get into the philosophical arguments he does. As O don't think the Bible All I can say is that when God declares someone to be righteous, in some mysterious way he makes us righteous.I remember well what Terry Virgo who is one of my theological heroes once said in a comment I read in one of his books. He began a sentance as follows - "When I was a … [Read more...]