For years it’s had Christians lining up on both sides, by God’s grace, I’ll address this without pride. The question concerns those whom Christ died for, was he trying to save everybody worldwide, was he trying to make the entire planet his bride? Biblically, each of these must be denied. Yes, jesus gave us his life for the bride, but his bride is the elect.
If saving everyone was why Christ came, with so many in Hell we’d have to say that he failed miserably. So many think Christ only came to make salvation possible, but lets follow that to it’s logical conclusion. What about those who were already in the grave? Did he die for them? But worst of all, you’re saying that the cross by itself doesn’t save, that we must do something to give the cross its power. That means at the end of the day the glory is ours. That is man-centered thinking, not christ-centered thinking. The cross will save all for whom it was intended, because for the elect God’s wrath was satisted.
At the end of the day it’s about giving God the maximum amount of Glory, proclaiming a cross that actually saves. Not make salvation possible but actually saves (Matt 1:21). This isn’t controversy for the sake of controversy or theological nit-picking. Salvation is of the Lord.