Acts 2:33 . . . and having received the promise of the Holy Spirit . . .
Acts 26:6-8 And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our fathers, 7 to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly worship night and day. And for this hope I am accused by Jews, O king! 8 Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?
The promise of the Holy Spirit and the promise of resurrection; two promises the apostles say in the book of Acts were made to the fathers and to which the twelve tribes hoped to attain. The fulfillment of these promises were both contingent upon Christ’s death.
Who were the promises made to? The fathers (meaning those patriarchs who were in the faith). The promises were not made to everyone. They were not made to the Egyptians. They were not made to the Babylonians. They were not made to Persians, the Greeks or the Romans. They were not even made to all the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Ishmael and Esau, for example).
Rather, the promises which were contingent upon Christ’s death were made only to the fathers, and then as it was revealed later, to all those who have the same faith as the fathers. If Christ died for everyone, then His death for everyone to whom the promises was NOT made was a pointless death, because it wrought nothing for those to whom the promises were not made. To insist God has a secret will to deliver the promises to everyone to whom the promises were not made is to call Him a liar. Christ did not die to make the promises available to everyone. He died in order to deliver the promises to those to whom the promises were made.
The apostles most certainly did preach limited atonement in the book of Acts. The atonement Christ made was for the sins of those to whom the promises were made! Anyone who denies this is a liar, and anyone who insists that those who deny it are brothers are themselves also liars.