Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 10, 2019

“But for this purpose I came to this hour” – “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 12:27-36.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+12&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Now My soul has become troubled;  and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’?  But for this purpose I came to this hour.  Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came out of heaven:  “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”  So the crowd of people who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, “An angel has spoken to Him.”  Jesus answered and said, “This voice has not come for My sake, but for your sakes.  Now judgment is upon this world;  now the ruler of this world will be cast out.  And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”  John 12:27-32.

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When Jesus stated “But for this purpose I came to this hour” and when Jesus stated “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”, Jesus meant that it was the purpose of God the Father that Jesus die to save all of God’s elect and that by his death, Jesus would draw all of the elect to Himself by bestowing on them justifying faith and all the other saving gifts purchased for them by His death as stated in the following Canons of Dordt.

Article 8.  For this was the sovereign counsel, and most gracious will and purpose of God the Father, that the quickening and saving efficacy of the most precious death of his Son should extend to all the elect, for bestowing upon them alone the gift of justifying faith, thereby to bring them infallibly to salvation:  that is, it was the will of God, that Christ by the blood of the cross, whereby he confirmed the new covenant, should effectually redeem out of every people, tribe, nation, and language, all those, and those only, who were from eternity chosen to salvation, and given to him by the Father;  that he should confer upon them faith, which together with all the other saving gifts of the Holy Spirit, he purchased for them by his death;  should purge them from all sin, both original and actual, whether committed before or after believing;  and having faithfully preserved them even to the end, should at last bring them free from every spot and blemish to the enjoyment of glory in his own presence forever.  SECOND HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby of Canons of Dordt.

This is “Limited Atonement”, the “L” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Christ died only for the elect, not for everyone in the world.

“… Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing;  but that she would be holy and blameless.”  Ephesians 5:25-27.

This is a peculiar love, a special love just for His church. Just as a husband should not love and give himself up for all women, but only his own wife, Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for only His church, not for everyone in the world.

In Christ’s intercessory prayer in John 17:9, we see Christ praying for only those whom God gave Him, not for the world:  “I ask on their behalf;  I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom Thou hast given Me;  for they are Thine;”

“This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.”  John 6:39.


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