The Lord Wants ALL to Repent!

II Peter 3:9. “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.”

Lord:

from BlueLetterBible.com:
  1. He to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord
    1. the possessor and disposer of a thing
      1. the owner; one who has control of the person, the master
      2. in the state: the sovereign, prince, chief, the Roman emperor
    2. is a title of honour expressive of respect and reverence, with which servants greet their master
    3. this title is given to God, the Messiah

God is sovereign. The word Lord is from the Greek kuros, which is the root of kyrios; it means He Who is sovereign.

His promise: This word comes from epangelía, an announcement of a divine good or blessing.

It is all too easy for us to forget this underlying principle of exactly Who God is. Things seem to be going so badly in almost every area these days: Politically, morally, spiritually, there is a trend away from God, away from His supreme authority over everything. I suspect that even believers are guilty of thinking that God is surely taking His sweet time to put things right!

If we would focus more on the right of ownership that He has over everything, perhaps we could be more patient in waiting for Him to show Himself as the immortal, invisible, God only wise. We could be less impatient and worried about the future if we would accept that He is not bound by our schedules!

The truth is that He is not slow. It is WE who are slow in understanding that He waits patiently for ALL to come to repentance. His desire is that no one should perish for eternity in hell, but that all should turn to Him in repentance and humility to seek His forgiveness of our sinful nature.

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