Most of our readers know of Louis Berkhof’s excellent Systematic Theology. But Berkhof also has some other gems out there, including Vicarious Atonement Through Christ. In just under 200 pages, Berkhof discusses the doctrine of Christ’s satisfaction, including the necessity of the atonement, the objective and vicarious nature of the atonement, the subjective effects of the atonement, and so forth. One section very much worth reading is his chapter on what has been called “Definite Atonement” or “Limited Atonement.” The chapter is titled, “The Restricted Design of the Atonement.” It is basically an outstanding 13 page outline and summary of this truth (one of the best short summaries that I’ve read, by the way!).
One biblical proof Berkhof gives to explain particular redemption is proof from the doctrine of election:
The doctrine of sovereign election, as taught in Scripture, may certainly be regarded as expressive of the purpose…
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