Is it possible that the Lord Jesus Christ could have failed in his work? Most people think that he did. Most preachers say that he did. We are told that the Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died at Calvary for all men, in an effort to redeem every person in the world. Yet all men are not redeemed. We are told that Christ has done all he can to save all men. Yet all men are not saved. We are told that the Lord Jesus wants to save everyone. Yet there are multitudes in hell. Such notions as these make the Son of God a failure in his work. And that simply cannot be.
Christ did not die at Calvary for everybody. He said, "I lay down my life for the sheep" (John 10:15). Then he turned to the unbelieving Pharisees and said, "Ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep" (John 10:26). The Son of God is not trying to save everybody in the world. He is not a man with weaknesses and limitations. He is God almighty. All that he attempts to do he accomplishes. It is written, "He shall not fail!" (Isa. 42:4). Neither the powers of hell nor the wills of men can prevent the Lord Jesus Christ from accomplishing his work. He will save all his people. The Lord Jesus Christ is not praying and interceding for all men in heaven. His prayers of intercession are for his own elect, the people for whom he died, the people whom he is determined to save. This is how he prays, "I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine ... Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me" (John 17:9, 20). Now if the Lord Jesus Christ refused to pray for some men, do you think he would die to save them, knowing that they would not be saved. Perish the thought!
Our Lord Jesus Christ is an omnipotent, all-sufficient Savior. He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. He must prevail. He cannot be defeated. All that our Lord came to do, he has done. All that he intends to accomplish shall be accomplished. The scriptures are emphatically clear. "It pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied" (Isa. 53:10-11). By his one great sacrifice at Calvary the Lord Jesus Christ has fully satisfied the law and justice of God for us. By the shedding of his blood he has put away all the sins of all who ever believe on him for all eternity. By his substitutionary atonement the Son of God has justified and pardoned all of God's elect, securing their repentance, faith, and eternal salvation. Not one soul for whom Christ shed his blood shall ever perish. That cannot be!
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Today, he reigns in heaven with sovereign, universal power, accomplishing the salvation of all those for whom he died. "Thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him" (John 17:2). our souls are safe and secure in the hands of Christ, our Almighty Savior. He is able to save all who come to God by him. If you will come to Christ in simple faith, trusting him alone, he will save you. Will you trust him?