A great message on the subject of Particular Redemption! As Pastor Pollard points out in this message, there are only four ways in which to view the atonement.
1) Jesus died for some of the sins of all people.
2) Jesus died for some of the sins of some people.
3) Jesus died for all of the sins of all people.
4) Jesus died for all of the sins of some people.
The first two views can be immediately rejected. If Jesus did not die for all sins, then no one could be saved, for we can not atone for our own sins.
The third view is by far the most common in the church today, but if it's true that Jesus died for all of the sins of all men, then why would anyone be sent to Hell?
It is often replied that “People don’t go to Hell because of their sin; they go to Hell because they reject Jesus Christ.” But if that were the case it would mean that rejecting Jesus Christ is not a sin! And more than that it would also mean that God sends people to Hell for something that isn't even a sin! Contrary to such mistaken ideas the Bible is clear; unbelief is a sin, in fact all that does not proceed from faith is a sin (Romans 14: 23). So if Christ died for all the sins of all men then He died for the sin of rejecting Him and that leads us back to our question once again; if Christ died for all of the sins of all men, then why would anyone be sent to Hell?
At this point it is commonly answered that “Jesus died for all sins except unbelief.” But this leaves us in another conundrum: if Jesus did not die for unbelief, how can any of us ever be saved? For before we believed we were all in the state of unbelief. Lets face it, the third view of the atonement leaves us tied in illogical knots that can't be undone. While God does do things that are certainly beyond our ability to fully comprehend, He does not do things that are contrary to one another such as send a person to Hell for their sins when their sins have been entirely erased and forgiven.
That leaves us with the fourth view, this is the gracious and glorious atonement taught in the Scriptures. While the third doesn't actually save anyone, but only makes salvation possible, the fourth view saves to the uttermost all for whom it was intended. That's the kind of atonement that fallen man needs!