Lantana Grace Church
Scriptures Alone! Grace Alone! Christ Alone!

By: Lantana Grace Church | July 31, 2015

Some insist upon it that men are redeemed not because Christ died, but because they are willing to give efficacy to the blood of Christ. He died for everybody according to their theory. Why, then, are not all men saved? Because all men will not believe? That is to say that believing is necessary in order to make the blood of Christ efficacious for redemption. Now we hold that to be a great lie. We believe the very contrary, namely, that the blood of Christ has in itself the power to redeem and that it does redeem and that faith does not give efficacy to the blood, but is only the proof that the blood has redeemed that man. Hence we hold that Christ did not redeem every man, but only redeemed those men who will ultimately attain unto eternal life. We do not believe that He redeemed the damned; we do not believe that He poured His life blood forth for souls already in hell. We never can imagine that Christ suffered in the room and stead of all men, and that then afterwards these same men have to suffer for themselves, that in fact Christ pays their debts, and then God makes them pay their debts over again. We think that the doctrine that men by their wills give efficacy to the blood of Christ is derogatory to the Lord Jesus, and we rather hold to this, that He laid down his life for His sheep, and that His laying down His life for the sheep involved and secured the salvation of every one of them. We believe this because we hold that – “Of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things.”

C. H. Spurgeon

Category: Redemption 

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