I know that non-Cals here on the BB like to say we ( the ones who follow Paul who followed Christ ) give new meanings to what they regard as established terms like "world" and "all" . However , it is the other side which continually redefines in a most unbiblical manner the nature of the atonement . If someone's sins have been actually propitiated --- why does the wrath of God still abide on them ? To propitiate means it is a done deal -- satisfaction has been made . But non-Cals twist that around to accomodate their particular understanding of the scope of the atonement . What sort of reconciliation is it when a separation between God and the reprobate continues into eternity ? Answer : No reconciliation . It is a fiction . What kind of freedom is it when captives are still in bondage after their ransom has supposedly been paid ? Answer : Not the liberty of the cross . Calvinists maintain that a real deal has been accomplished in Christ's cross-work . There was nothing possible or potential about it . Sins are not paid for only to say : " Well the check wasn't cashed after all." Away with this nonsensical potentiality talk . There were no strings of contingency attached . Christ's work was done most deliberately .His work was declared "FINISHED" ! The elect and the elect alone are the recipients of the atonement . Christ died to secure and ensure that their sins alone would be paid for. Isaiah 53:11 ( in the ESV ) says : Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied ; by his knowledge shall the righteous one , my servant , make many to be accounted righteous , and he shall bear their iniquities .