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Definite Atonement in 1 Peter

This is why the doctrine of Definite Atonement is so important, and so precious:


Christ reconciled all the elect to God through His death. The precious blood of Christ was shed like that of a sacrificial animal, making full payment for the salvation of all believers:

You were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

—1 Peter 1:18–19

Peter described the extent of the death of Christ with the personal pronouns you and your. This is a subtle but straightforward statement that Christ died for believers, in order to redeem them from the penalty of sin. With these words, Peter represented Christ as ransoming—or redeeming—the elect, that is, all who would believe upon Him. James Montgomery Boice reasons, “What kind of a redemption would it be in which the death of Jesus only makes redemption possible and in which, as a result, some of those for whom He died are still in bondage? Imagine that a friend of yours is in trouble with the law and has been taken to jail. He is arraigned before a judge, and bail is set. He has no money, but you hear of his plight and immediately take money down to the courthouse to bail him out. You appear before the judge, pay the bail price, and go home. Your wife asks, ‘Where is your friend?’ ‘He’s in prison.’ ‘In prison?’ she asks. ‘But didn’t you take the bail money down there?’ ‘Yes,’ you say. ‘I paid the money to redeem him, but he’s still in prison. I didn’t actually bring him out.’ What kind of redemption would that be? If there is a real redemption, then the person who has been redeemed must be set free. When the Bible says that Jesus redeemed us by His death on the Cross, that redemption must be an effective redemption and those who have been redeemed must be actual beneficiaries of it.”

—Steve Lawson, Foundations of Grace (Reformation Trust, 2006), 320–321.

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