At the beginning of this chapter, Peter warned his readers that there would come a day when some would scoff at the idea of the Lord’s return. They would claim that many years had passed since this promise was made, yet he had not returned. And likely never would.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:8-9 NIV)
Peter’s first response was to point out that God’s timing is very different than ours. A thousand years or a day are all the same to him. While we might be tempted to think that God is slow in fulfilling his promises to us, he is not. He will fulfill them when the time is right.
And then Peter explained the apparent delay in the Lord’s return. God is not wanting anyone to perish. Instead, he desires that everyone come to repentance. This is not a claim for universal salvation. But it does reveal God’s heart and love for his creation. He is giving people every opportunity to repent and turn to him.
Some day Jesus will return for those who are his. And then, the opportunity to repent and experience salvation will end. But until that happens, we should be faithful to share the good news with those who are perishing.
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2 thoughts on “Not Wanting Anyone to Perish – 2 Peter 3:8-9”
what a wonderful massage to remind us of the return of the master and Lord Jesus Christ.