For whom did Christ die? Did He die for all men equally or was their a special intent in the Father sending the Son?
Some thoughts from Francis Turretin
I. The mission and death of Christ”
“are restricted to a limited number—to his people, his sheep, his friends, his Church, his body; and nowhere extended to all men severally and collectively. Thus, Christ “is called Jesus, because he shall save his people from their sins,” (Matthew 1:21). He is called the Saviour of his body, (Ephesians 5:23). “The good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep,” (John 10:15), and “for his friends,” (John 15:13). He is said “to die—that he might gather together in one, the children of God that were scattered abroad,” (John 11:52). It is said that Christ “hath purchased the Church [or his flock] with his own blood,” (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:25–26). If Christ died for every one of Adam’s posterity, why should the Scriptures so often restrict the object of his death to a few? How could it, with propriety, “be said absolutely that Christ is the Saviour of his people and of his body, if he is the Saviour of others also? How could it in the same way be said that he laid down his life for his sheep, for the sons of God, and for the Church, if, according to the will and purpose of God, he died for others also? Would this be a greater proof of his love and a firmer ground of consolation?”
Excerpt From: Turretin, Francis. “The Atonement of Christ.” iBooks.
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