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John MacArthur’s, “For Whom Did Christ Die?” video

I heard a great teaching last night on who Christ died for.  He died for “his elect”, not for the world as has been taught for so long in churchs.  I, myself, had felt confusion because one person says to share the Word with people, and they make a decision to come to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  This is what I thought was the truth.  Then someone came along to burst my bubble and I learned something new.

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John MacArthur preaches, captured on YouTube at uploaded by Grace To You. His website is at Screenshot taken by sleboeuf, from his video, entitled, “For Whom Did Christ Die? (Selected Scriptures)” .

Pastor John MacArthur, in his Grace To You video entitled, “For Whom Did Christ Die?(Selected Scriptures)”, explained that God chooses people that Jesus watches over.  We are chosen.  Christ died on the cross for his chosen people’s sins, not everyone’s sins in the whole, wide world!  At about 20 minutes into the video, Pr. MacArthur starts making it clear, that Jesus did not die for the whole world.  Then at approximately 36 minutes, he shares scripture, from the book of John.  This is the one that hit me the hardest:

I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. – John 17:9 

Jesus prays for “them which thou hast given me”, and this seals the deal for me.

John MacArthur goes on to explain how we get our belief from God.  We wouldn’t be capable by our own humanity to believe in the Lord Jesus.  So this tells me that we couldn’t believe on Him, without His gift of belief, of growing our faith, of being the author and finisher of our faith, as it says in Hebrews:

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2

So as a child while I was not told about the Lord Jesus Christ, I had no way of learning about Him, of hearing His name spoken in my household among my family members, so He cannot come to a child’s heart, when the parents don’t want Him in their home.  That is why I couldn’t believe on Him as a young child growing up, and it only was when I was harmed beyond control, that I came to God.  That I felt I needed Him, to stop me from going into a suicidal black darkness in my life.  I had enough faith to go to those 12-Step Recovery meetings, but I had no knowledge of His Word.

One way I can help others find God is to publish my thoughts on how I was conformed to His Word, and late in life, after having an atheist family to grow up in and never having the Words of the Lord Jesus Christ spoken at my home.  I missed a lot and I hope I can help someone understand Jesus better and who He really is.  

20 thoughts on “John MacArthur’s, “For Whom Did Christ Die?” video

  1. Why even bother spread the gospel at all, then? If Jesus died for the elect; and there are fewer elect than people predestined to burn in Hell forever, then why dangle hope in front of them only to have it forever out of reach, as a drop of water would have been to the rich man.


    1. It is hard to read, that few find and take, the narrow road. There is still hope. The harvest is plenty, but there are few workers, these verses come to mind when I think about what you wrote. I also have thought your thoughts, here, but it is part of God’s plan, which is greater than what we know, and some, reallt, do want to abide by what Jesus has said is sin. It’s a hard reality, in all truth, is all I can say, thanks, for your thoughts, and God bless you.


      1. I think we all do, at various time in our faith. Thomas did – and after that, he apparently spread the gospel to India; where his message was pretty much immediately misinterpreted and misapplied – but that’s a specialty we have as humans.


  2. Reblogged this on My Hope Is In Thee and commented:
    I know this is so confusing to many, but if you read the Word and meditate and ask for God’s Spiritual guidance he will not lead anyone astray. Also R C Sproul has Ligionier Ministries has many videos on justification and predestination. Thank you for the post. God Bless

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  3. oh yeah jesus Christ said it all in the gospel according to john where he said something like: father all that you have given to me stop there. I believe that God chooses who he wants. I think this to be true because the epistle to the ephesians it is written something like we we who his chosen ones were chosen before the foundation of the world. i’ll guarantee you I was “not” looking for God…he was looking for me and he got me. also I think in romans that we were the slaves of or to sin. what does that mean? well to me it means that I was totally controlled by sin. so its a settled issue for me. God chooses who he wants. I most certainly did nothing to earn my salvation if my life were a movie anyone could see that I was not seeking God but all of my thanks to God because he loved me even while I was owened by sin. is this clear to anyone?

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  4. I also believe in Sovereign Grace, predestination and election. There are many dynamics of this truth. One is we are not alone when we preach the gospel and that God the Father by the power of His Holy Spirit draws people to Himself. In John chapter 6:43-47 we read,

    43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. 44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them,(AX) and I will raise them up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’[d](AY) Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God;(AZ) only he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.

    Also we read that if the Father does not enable a person to come to Christ, they can not come.

    64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known(BW) from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.(BX) 65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”(BY)
    66 From this time many of his disciples(BZ) turned back and no longer followed him. John 6:64-66

    Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple. Psalms 65:4

    The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8:16

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  5. To Jamie Carter I would like to say, you asked the question how do I know if I am elect?
    Do you believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God’s Son who came out from God, born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit? Do you have sorrow for sin, that your sin separates you from God? Do you believe that when Jesus died on the cross that God the Father laid the sins of the world upon Him and that when He died, the spotless and sinless Lamb of God was made a sacrifice for the sins of the world? Have you believed on Christ and received Him as your Loird and Savior? Are you trusting in the fact that all those who put their trust in Chrisrt have received the FREE gift of salvation? If you have by the authority of God’s word you are saved. Can you truly say Jesus is your Lord? Do you truly believe in Him?

    Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 12:3

    If you can say TRULY Jesus is Lord, you have the Holy Spirit and you are saved!

    11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life,(S) and this life is in his Son.(T) 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
    13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God(V) so that you may KNOW that you have eternal life.(W) 1 John 5:11-13

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