11 August, 2016

Luke 23:34—“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do”

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots (Luke 23:34 KJV). 


Rev. Herman Hoeksema

[Source: When I Survey, p. 382]

[The] scope of this intercession is strictly limited to those that repent and believe, and, therefore, to the elect.

For, first of all, the Lord Himself tells us that He prays not for the world but for those whom the Father has given Him. And surely, to that limitation this prayer can be no exception.

Secondly, the scope of this intercessory prayer cannot be wider than that of His atoning blood. And He gave His life for His sheep, and they are those that were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world.

Thirdly, the prayer of Christ is always heard; those for whom He interceded on the cross have forgiveness of their sins, and they are surely saved.

And, finally, this petition of our Lord covers all penitent sinners, that are truly sorry for their sins, and seek forgiveness and righteousness in His blood. But it covers none other. And true repentance and sorrow after God, in which you confess your sins, and seek refuge in the atoning blood of the Lamb, is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God’s free and sovereign grace, the out-flow of His gracious election.



Prof. Herman C. Hanko

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