Bible Doctrine Drill – Lesson 11 – Limited Atonement
The “L” in TULIP is for Limited Atonement.
We have already seen how all mankind are born dead in trespasses and sins. If left in this condition they will spend eternity in hell. But we have also seen how God the Father chose or elected some people before the world began and determined to save them from their sins. But those sins had to be paid for because God is too holy to allow sins to go unpunished. Those who are not God’s children will suffer for their sins forever. If people are ever to have fellowship with God, their sins have to be removed and paid for.
Limited Atonement means that Jesus Christ, on the cross, paid for all the sins of all the people that God the Father elected before the world began. Jesus did not die for everybody; He died only for the elect. All the elect will be saved with everlasting salvation. Not one of the elect will be lost, because Jesus paid for their sins.
Many people teach that Jesus died for everybody, but that simply is not true. If Jesus had died for everybody then everybody would be saved.
Many people also teach that Jesus just came to make it possible for sinners to be saved — that He just opened up the way for them and it is up to the sinner to do the rest. This is also untrue. Jesus did not come to just make salvation possible. Jesus actually saved His people. If everybody for whom Jesus died went to hell, Jesus would not be getting who He paid for. If anybody for whom Christ died were lost, then Jesus would be a failure. We know that Jesus is not a failure: Isaiah 53:11 and Hebrews 9:14 tell us that when He offered Himself to God, God accepted His sacrifice.
This doctrine is also named the doctrine of Particular Redemption.
1. What does the “L” stand for? Limited Atonement.
2. What is another name for this doctrine? Particular Redemption.
3. Why does sin have to be paid for? God is too holy to allow sin to go unpunished.
4. What does Limited Atonement mean? Jesus Christ, on the cross, paid the price for all the sins of all of God’s people.
5. Did Jesus die for everyone? No. He died for only the elect.
6. What would have happened if Jesus had died for everybody? Everybody would have been saved.
7. Did Jesus come to make salvation possible? No. Jesus actually saved.
8. Did Jesus get what He paid for? Yes. What was this? The salvation of all His people.
9. Is Jesus a failure? No.
10. Learn Matthew 1:21.
11. Learn John 10:11.
12. Learn Matthew 20:28.
13. Learn Hebrews 9:28.