3 Practical Applications of Definite Atonement

October 18, 2017

by Jonathan Gibson

1. It enhances the personal aspect of God’s love for us.

Martin Luther said that the sweetness of the gospel lies in the personal pronouns. The Son of God loved me and gave himself for me.

2. It grounds our assurance.

Calvin spoke about Christ’s death anticipating the judgement of God. What he meant was that in the death of Christ, the judgement of God for our sins past, present, and future, has been exacted on Christ, and therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ.

It’s as Augustus Toplady put it beautifully in his hymn, “Payment God will not twice demand, when at my bleeding Surety’s hand, and then again at mine.” So definite atonement grounds our assurance of forgiveness of sins. . . .

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Jonathan Gibson

Dr. Jonathan Gibson (PhD, Cambridge) is professor of Old Testament at WTS.

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