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Calvin, among his other points, includes the point that Atonement is Limited; ie that Christ's death was sufficient for all but only effective for the elect.

What is the Biblical basis of this doctrine?

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Limited Atonement is a direct corollary from Irresistible Grace and rejection of universalism. If all for whom Jesus died will be saved, then either all are saved or Jesus did not die for all. If universalism is rejected, Limited Atonement is the only remaining conclusion. –  Ray Aug 24 '11 at 16:50
Ray, I know what it is. I'm asking for Biblical basis here. Lets see some scripture! –  wax eagle Aug 24 '11 at 16:51
The supporting scripture is on the Irresistible Grace side. Since you've already got a question for that, those references should be on that question. –  Ray Aug 24 '11 at 16:55

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The Bible doesn't really say that Jesus' blood is sufficient for all, but it strongly suggests it. Jesus is the perfect lamb, and He give the power to become a son of God to " as many as received him." Surely the Lord God's blood is more than sufficient for the atonement of anyone He wishes to atone.

However, in regards to the Blood's efficacy, this is a matter of the election of God. It is not to say that the saving power of the Blood simply doesn't work for non-elect. That doesn't make sense. Jesus simply shed His blood for his elect (this is not to say that this was a simple process). This is probably what Calvin is talking about, since Unconditional Election is the basis for Limited Atonement. When Jesus took the cup he said,

"For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Matt. 26:28

Just like "many are called." Jesus' blood is "shed for many." Not all.

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