This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
1 Timothy 1:15
The simplest and most poignant answer to the question of limited atonement I have seen was in an old sermon by Frederick Whitfield, first preached circa 1850s. “The Apostolic Call And Commission.”
“And they came unto Him.” Here is the evidence of our calling and election. We come because He calls. Let us not trouble ourselves with the doctrine of election. Let each one ask himself the question; Have I come to Jesus? If you have, reader, then Christ has called you, and you have heard that call. You are one of the elect, for you have come to Jesus. To ask the question; Am I one of the elect? first ask another; Have I come to Jesus? But if there are two questions in the matter of salvation, such is the perversity of the human heart, that men are certain to ask the wrong one first. Am I one of the elect? is not the first question, reader. Have I come? ask that first. Your answer to this question will be the answer, the only answer, to the other. Oh, have you come to Jesus? Have you heard His call? Are you at His feet?
As one reformed preacher is reported to have stated, the more he preached the gospel the more people were elected.
Your Servant in Christ Jesus
D. Paul Walker