“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,” (Hebrews 2:9–11, KJV)
Tasting death for every man.
Anyone here still a Calvinist after reading that phrase? It completely contradicts Limited Atonement.
Calvinism says that Christ died only for the elect. The Bible says Christ died for every man.
The usual response is an aghast, “Are you saying some of Christ’s blood fell to the ground???”
Well, I’m sure if you were standing at the foot of the cross, quite a bit of it did, yes. Do I mean that Christ shed blood in vain? No He did not. If only one person in history ever got saved, to Jesus Christ, it would be worth it.
It is not argument that persuades us to accept doctrine, it is Scripture. Sola Scriptura. And TULIP is not Scripture.
Fir it became him, for whom all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Became means it was fitting, right. The creator of the Universe felt the right thing for Him to do was to become a man, and pay the penalty of sin for us.
There’s an aggadah, an old Jewish legend that says when God was preparing to give the law to man, the angels protested. “Lord, we can keep it, and they cannot! Why are you giving your Law to them?”
The Lord answered, “because they cannot.”
Why did the Lord become a man? Because the Law very specifically told how an atonement for sins had to be made. A substitute had to be chosen. God could not be a substitute, because He is not a man. The Law specifically calls for “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezek. 18:20)
Unless an atonement is made.
A perfect substitute had to be chosen. Sinless, perfect. So He became a man. The sins transferred onto Him when hands were laid upon Him. The High Priest ordered that He die so the people not perish. He examined Him, and found Him worthy. He was led to the slaughter, crowned with thorns, died.
In our place.
If you don’t really grasp anything in Hebrews more than this, let this point be driven home. He did it gladly for you out of love, and he decreed it was fitting, meet, just. He considered your salvation worth the pain and indignity.