I can think of nothing more disheartening than sharing a toothless gospel. Limited Atonement, a Calvinist doctrine which states Christ died only for a limited number of people, forbids its advocates from personalizing the gospel. While the doctrine allows a soul winner to tell a lost person he is a sinner who must believe in Christ to be saved, the soul winner cannot tell him Christ died for him. How heartless is that! The doctrine of grace offers a more excellent way.
The universal invitation of grace allows me to tell anyone in our congregation, as well as on television or radio, God loves them, Jesus died for them, and they can truly have eternal life if they put their faith in Him. I can say this with confidence because Jesus died for all men—without exception.
My Christian brothers and sisters who hold to the view known as Limited Atonement may mean well, but they have misunderstood grace. God did not graciously send His only begotten Son into the world to spill His blood for a predetermined number of people. He does not provide His enabling grace so a select group will serve and glorify Him. Rather, He offers His grace to the entire world so anyone who accepts the provisions of His gift can experience an abundant life. That’s what keeps me preaching.
Only when we understand the gospel of grace can we effectively serve Christ and share Him with others. Perhaps you know a friend who needs to hear the gospel. Allow the grace of God to shine through your life. Then verbally share the message of grace when God opens the door. Be a grace-driven Christian today.
The Christian life starts with grace, it must continue with grace, it ends with grace. Grace wondrous grace. — D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.