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The Nature and Extent of the Atonement (4)


Christ’s intercession is based on the atonement, and could have no validity or ground but as it referred to that finished work of expiation, which needs no repetition. Now, we see from the explicit statement of the Lord, that the intercession is not for the world, but for those whom the Father gave Him: “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them whom Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine” (John xvii. 9). This decides upon the scope and destination of the atonement for any available purpose; for it will not be argued by any divine biblically acquainted with the nature of our Lord’s priesthood and intercession, that any one ever was or ever will be effectually called but on the ground of that all-prevailing interposition (John xvii. 20).

—George Smeaton, Christ’s Doctrine of the Atonement (Banner of Truth, 2009), 377.

Posted 2018·06·12 by David Kjos
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