The Lord is not wanting anyone to perish. 2 Peter 3:9

As we continue through the second letter from the Apostle Peter, we pick up at verse nine of chapter 3.  Writing under the influence of The Holy Spirit, Peter writes:

“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3: 9
Some of the people were beginning to question why the Lord was not returning as quickly as they thought He would, and were beginning to scoff at the teaching.  They said, “Where is this coming He promised?  Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”
Peter had told them in the letter that God is not held to time as we know it. He told them “With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”   Now Peter is assuring the people that The Lord is not slow, but instead is mercifully being very patient with those who refuse to believe.   He is not wanting anyone to perish.  He wants everyone to come to repentance, that is to turn back to Him,  because He loves all of His children.
We are His most magnificent creation.  We are created in His image.  We are made to fellowship with Him.  We are precious in His sight.  We are the ‘apple of His eye’   He loves us unconditionally.  He wants us with Him for eternity.
The Word tells us “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
John 3:16,17
Father knew it would take the life of His only Begotten, the One most dear to Him, to save mankind because mankind needed a Savior. They had proven they were not capable of saving themselves though they thought they were.  They were walking in darkness.
  Because of Love, He sent Him, and because of Love, Jesus came to do the will of the Father.  His will is that none should perish.  At the cross, Father allowed every sin, and every imperfect thing, to be placed upon our Lord for every person that ever lived, or ever will live.  Father allowed Jesus to die a horrible death to set us free from the results of sin and lack of trust.  Before He died on the cross, Jesus was beaten unmercifully for every transgression of every person;  and the Word says, that by His stripes we are healed because of it. He shed His blood, and gave His perfect body for us. The Word says, By His blood we are saved, washed and sealed into His righteousness and covenant of grace.  By His resurrection we are justified.  Father raised Him to new life, just as is His desire for us.
Therefore, He has proven  with all that He has done, He does not want any to perish, or to remain in darkness.  He is patiently working with us, and through us, to bring the Light to His children.
Let us be encouraged, and comforted by His great love for us, and by His desire that none should perish.   Let us draw strength and power from the Holy Spirit within to show His love, and the Way, to all who are in our lives.
“The Lord be exalted who delights in our well being.”  May we prosper, and be in good health even as our soul prospers, my Brothers and my Sisters in Christ Jesus.
Blessings and love to you, and yours, my friends, God’s Beloveds.
Poppa B
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, On Line


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