1 John 2:2
Some argue that 1 John 2:2
He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.
In this passage, the high priest unwitting prophesied that Jesus would die for "the children of God," which is support for the doctrine of limited atonement because "the children of God" does not include people who are not the children of God.
Here are the parallels between the two passages:
|1 John 2:1-2
|is the propitiation for||would die for|
|our sins||the nation|
|and not only for ours only but also||and not for the nation only, but also|
|for the sins of the whole world||to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad|
From this table, we see that "the whole world" parallels "the children of God who are scattered abroad." So, 1 John 2:2
Contrary to what some believe, there are many passages in the Bible that teach the doctrine of limited atonement. To view a list of these passages, visit 10 Bible Verses about Limited Atonement
The doctrine of limited atonement also makes logical sense. Regarding who Jesus died for, here are the two most common views:
If the first option is true, then there is no reason why anyone should suffer punishment for his sins, yet the Bible is clear that all non-Christians will suffer for their sins.
The common response to this is that people need to believe in order for Jesus' death to apply to them. But then, we need to ask the question, "Is unbelief a sin?"
If unbelief is a sin, then Jesus would not have actually died for all of the sins of everyone. We would instead need to say that Jesus died for almost all of the sins of everyone, which is an insult to Jesus' work of atonement.
The second option glorifies Jesus because it teaches that Jesus did indeed die for all of the sins of His people. He fully saved God's elect. He did not die for only most of their sins, leaving them to overcome the great sin of unbelief by their own effort.