“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

“Repentance” leading to faith and salvation is the issue for the Lord, not times or timing. He is patient, wanting all to come to salvation. Repentance consists of a genuine sorrow over one’s sins (condition) and trust in the divine promise of forgiveness through faith in Christ.

“Not wanting anyone to perish” is not teaching that God actually decrees that all will be saved (universalism). The reference here is not to God’s decree, but to His desire. Obviously, everything that a sovereign God decrees will occur. Here Peter is describing the sovereign God’s desire that all people would turn to Him and turn away from sinful lives.

An author once put it this way, “God, who has called us, is faithful. So, when He has begun the good work in us, He will also preserve it to the end and perfect it, if we ourselves do not turn from Him, but firmly hold on to the work begun to the end. He has promised His grace for this very purpose”

God’s blessing on your day…

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