2 Peter 3:9 none should perish
None should perish. So wonderful is his love towards us.
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, that none should perish.
As I’m reviewing the purpose and direction of Word of Life Images it becomes more apparent that the major portion of our audience is one that is going through cancer and health difficulties. It is a time in your life when you see yourself as no longer invincible but fast approaching the end of a journey that you’re not looking forward to. It is only with God’s love and his promises that you have comfort, and can put on a smile on your face and feel happiness in your heart. If your truly trying to do God’s will in your life and not your own, you have to ask what is his will, what does he want? The resounding answer is 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. It’s that purpose in mind that we continue to urge you to turn to God and except his love, repent of your sins and asked for forgiveness. Throughout the Bible, especially in the Old Testament God was constantly sending his prophets to say the same thing and in that same sentence, saying to you just repent of your sins and I will love you and save you. In this very busy and fast paced world we’re always in the habit of putting off things until tomorrow, but remember eternity is forever, where you want to be. Please remember to send this web site to others and please tithe to us on a regular basis.
John Calvin’s Verse Commentary
2 peter 3: 9
9. But the Lord is not slack, or, delays not. He checks extreme and unreasonable haste by another reason, that is, that the Lord defers his coming that he might invite all mankind to repentance. For our minds are always prurient, and a doubt often creeps in, why he does not come sooner. But when we hear that the Lord, in delaying, shews a concern for our salvation, and that he defers the time because he has a care for us, there is no reason why we should any longer complain of tardiness. He is tardy who allows an occasion to pass by through slothfulness: there is nothing like this in God, who in the best manner regulates time to promote our salvation. And as to the duration of the whole world, we must think exactly the same as of the life of every individual; for God by prolonging time to each, sustains him that he may repent. In the like manner he does not hasten the end of the world, in order to give to all time to repent.
This is a very necessary admonition, so that we may learn to employ time aright, as we shall otherwise suffer a just punishment for our idleness.
Not willing that any should perish. So wonderful is his love towards mankind, that he would have them all to be saved, and is of his own self prepared to bestow salvation on the lost. But the order is to be noticed, that God is ready to receive all to repentance, so that none may perish; for in these words the way and manner of obtaining salvation is pointed out. Every one of us, therefore, who is desirous of salvation, must learn to enter in by this way.
But it may be asked, If God wishes none to perish, why is it that so many do perish? To this my answer is, that no mention is here made of the hidden purpose of God, according to which the reprobate are doomed to their own ruin, but only of his will as made known to us in the gospel. For God there stretches forth his hand without a difference to all, but lays hold only of those, to lead them to himself, whom he has chosen before the foundation of the world. 1
But as the verb χωρὢσαι is often taken passively by the Greeks, no less suitable to this passage is the verb which I have put in the margin, that God would have all, who had been before wandering and scattered, to be gathered or come together to repentance.
None should perish is God’s will for all, but he gave all of us free will to make our own decision.