O my brother, we are on our way to see God. iii. 2 Peter 3:9 KJV. xxii. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Matthew 24:37-39 Basic Doctrines: The Third Resurrection. Deuteronomy 4:5-10 Leviticus 18:26-28 Three times in four brief verses (I Timothy 2:1, 3-4, 6), God states He has planned for the salvation of all.Since He desires to save all men, they must all be given an opportunity for it. The first Christians relied on the Old Testament as their chief religious book. Undoubtedly, people were becoming discouraged because they felt that matters were going awry in their world. 2 Peter 3:9-14 KJV. This is to walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, to be increasing in the knowledge of God, Col. i. 2 Peter 3:9-14. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Many confound the two, and believe that sanctification means to lead an honorable and virtuous life; and, since this is equal to good works, sanctification, without which no man shall see God, is made to consist in the earnest and diligent …Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit, The New Testament Canon in the First Three Centuries. Amen.'--Rev. It is with grace as with light; first, there is the crepusculum, or daybreak; then it shines brighter to the full meridian. God's plan, humanly speaking, covers a long time. Quamdiu vivet crescit; he has never done growing. (Isaiah lviii. When Peter wrote this, there were stirrings within the church that the second coming had already occurred. Blink—they are gone, but they experienced every second of their lives. It is a commanded duty, that we grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, 2 Pet. https://www.bible.com/bible/1/2PE.3.9.KJV, The Lord Is Not Slack Concerning His Promise, Tests And Trials: Devotions From Your Time Of Grace, Why Does God Allow Suffering? Jesus is longsuffering toward us so that we have ample time to repent, not in the sense of initial conversion, but to turn fully and have our hearts completely changed. However, He is being very patient, and this is Peter's emphasis. --2 Pet. The overwhelming majority of people who have ever lived on earth fit into this category! But a heavenly host …Ellen Gould White—The Desire of Ages, Growth in Grace'But grow in grace.' A good Christian is not like Hezekiah's sun that went backwards, nor Joshua's …Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity, On Predestination"Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son: -- Whom he did predestinate, them he also called. Since He desires to save all men, they must all be given an opportunity for it. Amen.'--Rev. What could He use as points of reference that would motivate people to continue to strive toward the conclusion of His purpose once He had mercifully forgiven them? After the first gospel had undergone a, THIS PASSAGE, like the rest of Isaiah's closing chapters, will have completest fulfillment in the latter days when Christ shall come, when the whole company of his elect ones shall have been gathered out from the world, when the whole creation shall have been renewed, when new heavens and a new earth shall be the product of the Savior's power, when, for ever and for ever, perfected saints of God shall behold his face, and joy and rejoice in him. In other words, many had not heard of Christ's ransom for sin, and Paul indicates that he expected many then living and many yet unborn would also die without hearing of it. 2 Pet 3:38. Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing 2 Peter 3:9: Genesis 3:19 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. Many confound the two, and believe that sanctification means to lead an honorable and virtuous life; and, since this is equal to good works, sanctification, without which no man shall see God, is made to consist in the earnest and diligent, The first Christians relied on the Old Testament as their chief religious book. With God, though, time is not so critical. They fought wars. xxii. Isa 61:1, and Hos 14:4. 2 Peter 3:9 KJV. 11, 21. "That with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day" indicates that God does not look at time as we do. However, to those who refuse His mercy and trample the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ as if it were vile (Hebrews 10:26-31), He is a God of justice and righteous judgment. --2 Pet. Knowledge must be added to virtue; and it layeth a ground for other Christian, The night of the first day of the week had worn slowly away. 1 Kings 19:10-18 Simply put, God is proceeding according to a plan. God's Longsuffering Leads us to Repentance. 10. These, who leave Him with no alternative but to put them to death for eternity, will know what He earnestly desired them to achieve. 10. See what over 145,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. We are finite beings, bound by time, but God is not. Romans 8:29, 30. 14. Romans 11:26-32 Verse 26 reads, "The last enemy that will be destroyed is death"—it has not yet been destroyed! Three times in four brief verses (I Timothy 2:1, 3-4, 6), God states He has planned for the salvation of all. xii. Verse 6 also says that Christ is a ransom for all, and this will be testified or witnessed of in due time. (2 Peter iii. --1 Thess. A good Christian is like the crocodile. 2 Peter 3:9-11 King James Version (KJV). God does not want anyone to perish but desires all to come to repentance. 'Follow after the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord.'--Heb. It is with grace as with light; first, there is the crepusculum, or daybreak; then it shines brighter to the full meridian. The darkest hour, just before daybreak, had come. They watched their children grow up. We can be thankful for God's timetable, not because it means we have more time to flirt with this world, but because He is providing everything we need to follow our salvation to its conclusion, including the time. Isa 61:1, and Hos 14:4. Jonah 4:2 NASB E-Prime But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.". How Much Longer Do We Have? The way Paul wrote this shows that the testifying is still future. They were becoming impatient, and it seemed that everything was continuing as it had, and nothing was changing except for the worse. But as we age, we think about death more frequently. 11.) 1 Peter 2:7-10 When we are twenty, we hardly ever think about death unless somebody close dies. It becomes easier for us to become impatient because we have so many things we want to do and accomplish, yet time keeps flying by. The truths of the Bible exist in counterpart, having at least two aspects, each of which must be considered in relation to the other, if their full meaning is to be understood. Some were becoming so discouraged that they were leaving the church. Nothing more than the blink of an eye. The Epistles of Paul were the earliest written; after which came the Apocalypse, the Epistle to the Hebrews, and other documents, all in the first century. Longsuffering differs slightly in that its emphasis is on temperament. (9) A reason why the last day does not come too soon, because God patiently waits until all the elect are brought to repentance, that none of them may perish. "For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 18; and the knowledge of him being life eternal, John xvii. Our beloved brother Paul," says St. Peter, "according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; as also in all his Epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable, Thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring whose waters fail not.' It took a lifetime for Simon, Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John, Seeing that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of men ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness?' iii. 2 Peter 3:9 Context. The New Testament writings came into gradual use, by the side of the older Jewish documents, according to the times in which they appeared and the names of their reputed authors. 11. Darby Hosts of evil angels were gathered about the place. Revelation 6:3-4. The Awesome Cost of Salvation. The darkest hour, just before daybreak, had come. v. 23. They became adult men and women. The difference between sanctification and good works should be well understood. But it would be witnessed to all in due time because Jesus Christ is the only name under heaven by which men can be saved.