The Delegates from Wetteraw on the Death of Christ

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The delegates from the Wetteraw say, “Christ is an expiation for the sins of the whole world, so far as relates to the worth and sufficiency of his ransom.” “When Christ is said to have died for all, this can be understood of the sufficiency of the merit, or the magnitude of the price.” They quote with approbation from one who says, that” the merit of Christ has an equal bearing on all as to its sufficiency, but not as to its efficacy. –The sufficiency and magnitude of the ransom of Christ, as relates to the reprobate, has a double end ; one in itself and the other by accident. The end in itself is, that God may testify that he is not delighted with the perdition of men, seeing he gave his only begotten Son, that every one who believes in him may not perish, but have eternal life. The end by accident is, that by means of its magnitude and sufficiency the reprobate may be without excuse.” And they add themselves, “For these perish, not by the fault of Christ, but by their own, since by their own unbelief they reject the benefits of Christ offered in the gospel.” “The reprobate are bound to believe this, that the merit of Christ is of so great worth that it is able to profit them also ; and it would indeed profit them, if they would believe the gospel and repent.”* [Footnote * Acts of Synod,” Part II. p. 125, 126, 128, 129.]

Edward D. Griffin, An Humble Attempt to Reconcile the Differences of Christians Respecting the Extent of the Atonement, (New York, Printed by Stephen Dodge, 1819), 362-367. See also: G Michael Thomas, The Extent of the Atonement, (Cumbernauld, Scotland: Paternoster, 1997), 139-140.

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