Those for whom the Lord Jesus died…

Introduction

The Bible is unmistakably clear on the matter: the Lord Jesus Christ only died for His elect; He only redeemed, propitiated and atoned for His elect. He loves all for whom He died, and only those for whom He died. the Lord Jesus died for those were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world (Ehpesians 1:4). It is absolute error, and a damnable lie, to declare that the Lord Jesus, the God-man mediator, died for everyone.

Likewise, it is a grievous error to go around indiscriminately telling people that God died for them. If the person to whom this statement is made (i.e. that God died for them) denies the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, that person should not presume, or expect, that they are atoned/propitiated for, or redeemed. It is true that if the person is elect of God, then they have redemption in Christ Jesus. However, since no one knows whether they are elect of God until they receive God-given faith, repentance, and conviction of sin; it is foolish for an unconverted sinner to presume that God’s work of redemption was for them. This is why believers abstain from the false but flowery sentiments of this world, and point people to the Lord Jesus Christ (declaring that in Him, and only in Him, is their hope of divine love and blessings). 

Jesus, as the Great Shepherd, died for His Sheep but not for the Goats:

John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep…. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep…. 26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.  [Note: if Jesus died for his sheep, and yet he told these people that they aren’t of his sheep, logic dictates that Jesus didn’t die for them]

Jesus, as the Bridegroom, laid down His life for His Bride but not for the Great Whore:

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;   

Luke 5:34-35 And He said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? 35 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.

Jesus, as the Head of the church, laid down His life for His Church but not for the False Church (e.g. the Synagogue of Satan):

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

 Jesus, as the Friend of sinners, laid down His life for His friends, but not for His (reprobate) enemies:

John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Jesus, as the Saviour of the World, laid down His life for many in this world, but not for every single person: 

Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (note: not all, but many).
 
Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. [Note: notice that it says “we are healed” and not, “we can be healed if we accept him.”]
 
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all…. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

Note: the all in verse 6 relates to all of God’s people as we read in verse 8, and not all of mankind without exception. God does not call the reprobate “His people;” that term is reserved for the elect. There are verses where words like “all,” “us,” everyone, etc. are used, and some would make that apply to all mankind. However, God defines who the all and everyone is:

John 6:37: All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

Consider that verse in light of:

John 6:44: No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. 

by Curt Wildy

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