Monday, March 21, 2011

Ephesians 5:25 and Limited Atonement at Its Simplest

"Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her."

If one asks the question, "For whom did Christ die?", no more-straightforward answer than this one can be given. For her, i.e., the Church! Can it be more explicit? Here is limited or particular atonement in one sentence! One must really struggle to avoid that consequence of this verse. While it would be correct to say that it is not the thrust of Paul's intent to explain that doctrine here, it is necessary to recognize that it is his assumption of it that provides the basis of his instruction to the Christian husband.

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