|2 Peter 3:9 Part 1|
|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:
Apply the rules:
#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...
Rejoice in this,