God's Intention in the Atonement of Christ by C. H. Spurgeon
We are often told that we limit the atonement of Christ, because we say that Christ has not made a satisfaction for all men, or all men would be saved. Now, our reply to this is, on the other hand, our opponents limit it; we do not. The Arminians say, Christ died for all men. Ask them what they mean by it. Did Christ die so as to secure the salvation of all men? They say, â€œNo, certainly not.â€ We ask them the next questionâ€“Did Christ die so as to secure the salvation of any man in particular? They answer, â€œNo.â€ They are obliged to admit this, if they are consistent. They say, â€œNo, Christ has died that any man may be saved ifâ€ â€“and then follow certain conditions of salvation. Now, who is it that limits the death of Christ? Why, you. You say that Christ did not die so as infallibly to secure the salvation of anybody. We beg your pardon, when you say we limit Christâ€™s death; we say, â€œNo, my dear sir, it is you that do it.â€ We say that Christ so died that he infallibly secured the salvation of a multitude that no man can number, who through Christâ€™s death not only may be saved, but are saved and cannot by any possibility run the hazard of being anything but saved. You are welcome to your atonement; you may keep it. We will never renounce ours for the sake of it.
(Cited by J. I. Packer, â€œIntroductory Essay,â€ in John Owen, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ [n.p., n.d.; reprint, London: Banner of Truth, 1959], 14.)