God Demonstrates His Patient to ALL
Category : General
2 Peter 3: 9 (KJV)
9 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.
Augustine said, “God is patient because He is eternal.” “He who is from everlasting to everlasting can afford to wait.”
It is not slackness, remissness, nor want of due displacence at sin, that induced God to prolong the respite of ungodly men; but His long-suffering, unwillingness that any should perish: and therefore, He spared them, that they might have additional offers of grace, and be led to repentance. It is an opportunity for them to deplore their sins, implore God’s mercy, and find redemption through the blood of the Lamb.
They probably in their mocking said, “Either God had made no such promise to judge the world, destroy the earth, and send ungodly men to perdition; or if He had, He had forgotten to fulfill it, or had not convenient time or leisure.” To some such mocking the apostle seems to refer: and he immediately shows the reason why deserved punishment is not inflicted on a guilty world.
Moreover, it is probable that the apostle here had his eye on some professing Christians who had become disheartened and impatient, and who, from the delay in regard to the coming of the Lord Jesus, and from the representations of those who denied the truth of the Christian religion, arguing from that delay that it was false, began to fear that His promised coming would indeed never occur. To such he says that it should not be inferred from His delay that He would not return, but that the delay should be regarded as an evidence of His desire that men should have space for repentance, and an opportunity to secure their salvation.
Also, the delay should be regarded as a proof of His forbearance, and of His desire that all human beings should be saved. Every sinner should consider the fact that he is not cut down in his sins, not as a proof that God will not punish the wicked, but as a demonstration that He is now forbearing, and is willing that He should have an ample opportunity to obtain eternal life. No one should infer that God will not execute His threats, unless he can look into the most distant parts of a coming eternity, and demonstrate that there is no suffering appointed for the sinner there; anyone who sins, and who is spared even for a moment, should regard the respite as only a proof that God is merciful and forbearing now.
As was noted, “The time of the end is deferred, that the number of them that are to be saved may be filled up. The idea is, that the lapse of time which intervenes before the threatening of God are executed does not arise from neglect or forgetfulness, as some men suppose, but from forbearance and long-suffering, in hope that the sinner may repent.
Have a great and God filled day!