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Written by Tim McCool   
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 23:35

2 Peter 3:9 - The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Common misuse: Many falsely beleive this scripture is proof that God wants "all mankind" to come to repentance.

Examing the rules:
Rule #1 - Does this position conflict with an absolute truth?
Rule #2 - What is the context of this scripture?

Apply the rules:
#1 - The position that God wants all mankind to come to repentance and "get saved" conflicts with a great score of scripture. Namely, Jn. 10:28 (...And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish..."); Jn. 6:39; Matt. 1:21, and many others in which it is emphatically declared that all God's children whom Jesus died for will be in heaven. If God merely wants all mankind to be saved and some are not b/c they fail in their choice of Him, then Jesus' promise is not true, and an absolute truth would be an absolute lie.

#2 - Observe the context. Peter is speaking of the return of Christ, that the Lord is not slack concerning His promise to return. So what is He (God) waiting for? If He is longsuffering, who is He longsuffering to? Is He longsuffering to ALL mankind? The key to the context is found in the language "longsuffering TO USWARD". Who are the usward that He is longsuffering to? Who are the USWARD that He is not willing that ANY (of the USWARD) should perish, but that ALL (of the USWARD) should come to repentance? To answer this, we must read who Peter is writing to. 2 Pet. 1:1 - Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, TO THEM THAT HAVE OBTAINED LIKE PRECIOUS FAITH WITH US... Furthermore, who did Peter write to in 1 Peter? Vs.1-2 - Peter...to the STRANGERS scattered...(to the) ELECT...

The context clearly shows that this is not an offer to all mankind, but a sure promise that God will secure all of His children, and not one will perish. And when that takes place, there will be no more need for this world to exist and He will return. This is not for all mankind, but for USWARD, for YOU, for His children, His elect.

Rejoice in this,
Tim McCool
Pastor
Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church
Echola AL

 


 


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