When Christ died, 1) He made a substitutionary sacrifice for sins (Heb9,10) 2) He propitiated, that is appeased or placated, the righteous wrath of God (Rom3:25; Heb. 2:17, 1 John 2:2; 4:10) 3) He reconciled His people to God--that is, He removed the enmity between them and God (Rom5:10; ll Cor.5:20; and 4) He redeemed them from the curse of the law (Gal.3:13) Did He or didnt He? Did Christ actually make a substitutionary sacrifice for sins or didnt He? If He did, then it was not for all the world, for then all the world would be saved. Did Christ actually redeem Judas from the curse of the law by actually becoming a curse for him, so that Judas is no longer under the curse of the law? Did Christ truly reconcile Esau to the Father by His death or didnt He? What did Christ actually do at the cross? Thus the nature of the atonement--what did He do? Did He accomplish something there or did He just make something possible? If the death of Jesus is what the Bible says it is--a substitutionary sacrifice for sins, an actual and not a hypothetical redemption, whereby the sinner is really reconciled to God-then, obviously it cannot be for every man in the world. For then everybody would be saved, and obviously they are not!! What are your thoughts on what transpired at the cross?