2nd Peter 3:9, "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." Have you ever did a really good study of this verse? I mean a 'really good' study? It will answer an awful lot of questions, that many have. Why does God delay? Why does so much evil go on and on? Why is there so much injustice in the world?
While many of these things do cause us to question, the answer is most likely found, right here. God is patient, long-suffering, toward man-kind. God is 'not willing' that any should perish. What does that mean? Is this simple statement, all that complicated? The verse finishes, 'but that all should come to repentance'. Now, lets just keep this simple, how many does this say God desires to come to repentance? Well, it says 'all'. To say that God wills someone to hell, with no chance, or choice, of repentance, destroys this scripture. What would be wrong there? The statement, of course. This scripture very plainly says what God wills.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ, is a 'whosoever' Gospel. John 3:16. If any chooses hell, unbelief, unrepentance, that is going to be their choice. The overwhelming majority are indeed gonna choose against believing in Jesus Christ, and against trusting and following Him. It is an individual choice, because that is NOT what God desires, we just read the scripture. Romans 9 has to take this scripture into account, proper interpretation will not destroy and contradict other scripture, on the same topic, it will accompany it.
The love and mercy of God is so hard for us to fully understand. As is Gods Holiness, and Justice. There is no half-way with God. You either believe in Him, or you do not. You either love and trust Him, or you do not. We do not hide our true self from God. He knows us better than we know ourselves. And, those who know Him, obey and follow Him. We can talk Gods way, but if we are not walking Gods way, it is all vain.
God knew, and knows, the people who only want the benefits, but are not interested in walking in His way, through Jesus Christ. Even they serve His purposes. Those who choose unbelief, through dis-obedience, and stiff-necked and hard hearts, God also uses for His own purposes, as they store up wrath that will be coming against them. As God told Pharoah, "For this same purpose I have raised thee up."
Mankind will be without excuse before God. No 'but', 'why', 'did', 'did not', 'have', 'have not'. Not one accusation against our Almighty God will stand, on the day which is soon coming.
"For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools." Rom 1:20-22.
"Jesus answered and said unto him, If any man love me, he will keep My words, and my Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth Me not keepeth not My sayings, and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Fathers which sent Me." John 14:23,24. Let us choose Jesus Christ.
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