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Calvin and Calvinism » Blog Archive » Thomas H. Skinner (1791-1871), on Calvin on the Extent of the Atonement


Calvin’s comment on this text: “Communem omnium gratiam facit quia omnibus exposita est, non quod ad omnes extendatur, re ipsa: Nam etsi passus est Christus pro pcccatis totius mundi, atque omnibus indifferenter Dei benignitate, offertur, non tamen omncs apprehendent.” He makes this the common grace of all, because it is set before all, not that all are in fact put in possession of it. For though Christ died for the sins of the whole world, and he is by the mercy of God offered alike to all, yet all do not embrace him.” Calvin expresses the same views on this subject in his comments on Mat. xxvi. P. 1 Cor. viii. 11, 12. 1 John ii. 2. 2 Pet. ii. 1. and Jude 4.

Thomas H. Skinner, “Human Depravity, or Man a Fallen Being,” in Discourses Delivered in Murray Street Church (New York: Henry C Sleight, Clinton-Hall, 1830), 104.   [Note: Skinner’s footnote citation of Calvin is with reference to Skinner’s discussion of Romans 5:18.]

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