Ransom

“A man cannot at all redeem a brother, nor give to God a ransom for him, for the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceases forever, for he shall yet live forever; he shall never see corruption” (Psalm 49:7-9)

Chris: Those who believe Jesus Christ died for everyone without exception would concede that a man cannot redeem a brother. And given their universal atonement doctrine, they do NOT believe that a God-man can redeem any of His brethren (cf. Hebrews 2:10-15) either—that is, not without the sinner’s additional self-righteous work added to His own (cf. Romans 10:1-4).

The redemption is precious and costly and no mere man can ever offer up a ransom that is sufficient, for it is forever inefficacious as a God-satisfying ransom. The utter blasphemy of the belief that Christ died for everyone without exception is that it says explicitly that Christ’s blood is NOT precious nor efficacious in satisfying God as a pleasing aroma (cf. Ephesians 5:2).

If ONLY ONE person perishes—and in the universal atonement view, multitudes are said to perish for whom Christ died—then Christ’s sacrificial offering of Himself to God on our behalf would NOT be considered “an odor of a sweet smell” (Ephesians 5:2). The wickedness of the view of the universal atonement advocate is staggering in what it asserts about the Person and Work of Jesus Christ and what it sinisterly says about God’s “satisfaction” (i.e., dissatisfaction) regarding the work of His Son.

To confess that Christ died for those in hell is to assert that many for whom Christ died will NOT live forever in resurrection glory but will see the eternal corruption of the second death. And to assert that one person for whom Christ died can undergo this is to assert that Christ Himself was not raised, did not live forever, and actually saw corruption. This is clear in light of the inextricable connection between Christ and those whom the Father has given Him to save (Hebrews 2:13).