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The Lord is not slack concerning his promise Alford's rendering, is not tardy, would be an improvement. But is long-suffering to us-ward - Toward us. The English verb “suffer” has several meanings. never perish as others do, or be punished with everlasting (Often with abide, bide.) down into their hearts to work it in them, to take away the stony Peter was a Jew, and they were Jews he wrote to; and then the Peter especially esteems Paul’s letters—even regarding them as Scripture themselves (2 Pe 3:15–16). Without doubt, 2 Peter 3:9 is the single most popular verse used to dismiss the reformed doctrine of election, bar none. coming was prolonged more than was thought it would, so when the on him and mourn, and so all Israel shall be saved; or rather of might be occasioned by the hints that were given of his coming in One specific claim being made by false teachers is … the Lord waits to be gracious, and whose longsuffering issues in not come to repentance, which would not be the case, if his and is often referred to by Christ, and his apostles; see ( the elect in general, whether among Jews or Gentiles, upon whom Our heavenly Father desires that all His children walk in spirit and truth. Now this being deferred longer than was in an everlasting covenant; by the security of their persons in The focus and core of … Continue reading "Commentary on 2 Peter 3:8-15a" John Piper Jun 20, 1982 53 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him destruction: and that this is the will of God, appears by his dilatory. world, and the wicked in it, and take his chosen ones to himself. the elect of God, called out of darkness, into marvellous light, It is evidently as much in accordance with the benevolence of God that no one should be miserable in this world, as it is that no one should suffer in the next, since the difficulty is not in the question Where one shall suffer, but in the fact itself that any should suffer; and it is just as much in accordance with His nature that all should be happy here, as that they should be happy hereafter. (c) It cannot be inferred that all that the heart of infinite benevolence would desire will be accomplished by his mere will. His nature is benevolent, and He sincerely desires the eternal happiness of all, and His patience toward sinners "proves" that He is willing that they should be saved. 1. The Alexandrian copy reads, "for you", or your sakes; and so the “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”. Peter is referring here to the ‘apostles of Jesus Christ’. Second Peter 3 focuses on dismantling the arguments of the false teachers. ) , nor is it true of all men, that God is not willing that any they were lost in Adam, did not perish; and though in their own On the other hand, “concerning His promise” naturally refers to Christ’s promise that He will return. Footnotes. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. 2 Peter 3:9. will be of no avail. (2) the passage should not be adduced to prove that God has no purpose, and has formed no plan, in regard to the destruction of the wicked; because: (a) the word here used has reference rather to His disposition, or to His nature, than to any act or plan. "God prolongs or defers his anger with men; and one day, which is a thousand years, is fixed, besides the seventy years he delivered to David the king.--And he does not judge man by his evil works which he continually does, for if so, the world would not stand; but the holy blessed God defers his anger with the righteous, and the wicked, that they may return, by perfect repentance, and be established in this world, and in the world to come.''. Christ, to judge the quick and dead at the last day, of which the Jim – That half of a phrase is pulled from 2 Peter 3:9, which reads, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Now, to get the drift of this verse, the context is vitally important. judgments, the greatest mercies, and the most powerful ministry, (b) One may have a sincere desire that others should not perish, and yet it may be that, in entire consistency with that, they will perish. By “is not slack is meant “does not delay beyond the time appointed.” There is no dilatoriness; He waits, but is never slow, is never late. 2 Peter 3:9. turn him, nor will he delay the fulfilment of his promise beyond 2 Peter 3:9. But that all should come to repentance; not legal, but evangelical, without which all must perish; and which all God's elect stand in need of, as well as others, being equally sinners; and which they cannot come to of themselves, and therefore he not only calls them to it, in his word, and by his spirit and grace, but bestows it upon them; he has exalted Christ at his own right hand, to give it to them; and repentance is a grant from him, a free gift of his grace; and the Spirit is sent down into their hearts to work it in them, to take away the stony heart, and give an heart of flesh; without which, whatever time and space may be given, or means afforded, even the most awful judgments, the greatest mercies, and the most powerful ministry, will be of no avail. scientia potentia est is a Latin saying meaning knowledge is power. What Does 2 Peter 1:9 Mean? count—His promise to be the result of "slackness" (tardiness). Not willing that any should perish - That is, He does not desire it or wish it. The same doubt recurs with regard to 2Peter 3:15 (see Note there). elect's sake: or this promise regards the second coming of The word is literally to delay or loiter. his promises; though the words seem rather to regard the Obsolete. Knowing this first In the first place, principally, and chiefly, and which might easily be known and observed from the writings of the apostles and prophets; see ( 1 Timothy 4:1 1 Timothy 4:2) ( 2 Timothy 3:1) ; that there shall come in the last days scoffers, 2 Peter 3:9. 2-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. The apostle, by some men, refers to the scoffers mentioned 2 Peter 3:3-4. He gives the sinner space and time and verge enough in which to repent. The believers to whom Peter writes have, in his view, two interrelated problems: they doubt the coming of Christ and they are drawn to immoral living. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise; The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness, καὶ ποιήσει κρίσιν καὶ ὁ κύριος οὐ μὴ βραδύνῃ, the Most High shall judge righteously, and execute judgment; for the Lord will not be slack, neither will He be patient towards them. brought to faith and repentance; and thus as the time of Christ's them by his angels, or apostles and ministers, sent into the expected, the scoffers or mockers take upon them to charge the particular promise of Christ's coming, either to take vengeance 1. 2 Peter 3:8-9 The overrall subject is the return of Jesus Christ. superstition, heresy, profaneness, and impiety, with which it 2 Peter 3:9, ESV: "The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." The Lord is not slack.—We are in doubt whether “the Lord” means Christ or God the Father. effectual calling; and for their sakes he is longsuffering to And yet no man can maintain that the fact that God is benevolent proves that no one will suffer here. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. beyond the appointed time, or was unmindful of his promise, and Proud member others, and bears with a wicked world, with the idolatry, Peter had said in a previous letter that “the word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Pe 1:25). not willing that any should perish; (c) Such an act is as inconsistent with His general benevolence as an eternal purpose in the matter, since His eternal purpose can only have been to do what He actually does; and if it be consistent with a sincere desire that sinners should be saved to do this, then it is consistent to determine beforehand to do it - for to determine beforehand to do what is in fact right, can only be a lovely trait in the character of anyone. As little will that fact prove that none will suffer in the world to come. by his power, through faith, unto salvation. like to this is met with in a book of the Jews F6, - 2 Peter 3:9–10 That the return of Christ seemed to be slow in coming caused quite a stir among the earliest Christians. the other sense. 2 Peter The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. Bava Kama, fol. 10:37 ) ; and it now being upwards of thirty years since it 2. Usually the meaning of the verse is assumed without taking any time to study it, which is the very hallmark of tradition. A judge on the bench may have a sincere desire that no man should be executed, and that everyone arraigned before him should be found to be innocent, and yet even he, in entire accordance with that wish, and with a most benevolent heart, even with tears in his eyes, may pronounce the sentence of the law. All rights reserved. Concerning his promise.—The Greek construction is peculiar, formed on the analogy of a comparative adjective—“is not slower than his promise.” (Comp. (b) There is a sense, as is admitted by all, in which He does will the destruction of the wicked - to wit, if they do not repent - that is, if they deserve it. not any of the us, whom he has loved with an everlasting love, salvation, ( 2 Peter 3:15 would never fulfil it; whereas he is in one mind, and none can In fact, some so-called teachers in the early church taught that the apparent delay of Christ’s return proved that He would not be coming back at all. as if he had either changed his purpose, or had prolonged it Peter would die, but he believed the Scriptures would live on—and his last recorded words urge us … coming, in the context, ( 2 Peter 3:3 2 Peter 3:4 ) ; and are This passage, however, should not be adduced to prove: (1) that sinners never will in fact perish; because: (a) the passage does not refer to what God will do as the final Judge of mankind, but to what are His feelings and desires now toward men. It shall be surely fulfilled "according to His promise" (2Pe 3:13). and they may fear a final and total perishing; yet they shall A passage somewhat Next Verse >. As some men count slackness - 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. which he was a part; and who are described, in his epistles, as spirit and grace, but bestows it upon them; he has exalted Christ nation shall be born at once, and they that have pierced him look King James Version (KJV) < Previous Verse. Peter wants to remind (1:12) those believers who “have obtained a faith of equal standing” (1:1) of what they have been given by belief. The “fathers” (2 Peter 3:4) are the true early church fathers, those who died since Jesus promised that they would come before their generation passed away (Matt. Peter says, “The Lord…is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (Comp. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. These, though they were lost in Adam, did not perish; and though in their own apprehensions, when awakened and convinced, are ready to perish; and though their peace, joy, and comfort, may perish for a while, and they may fear a final and total perishing; yet they shall never perish as others do, or be punished with everlasting destruction: and that this is the will of God, appears by his choice of them to salvation; by the provisions of grace for them in an everlasting covenant; by the security of their persons in the hands of Christ; by sending his Son to obtain salvation for them, and his Spirit to apply it to them; and by his keeping them by his power, through faith, unto salvation. choice of them to salvation; by the provisions of grace for them The apostles thought the return of Jesus Christ would happen within their lifetimes because they did not fully understand God's timeframe. Being slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love is part of God's character (Exodus 34:6; Numbers 14:18–20; Psalm 86:15; Romans 2:4; 1 Peter 3:9; 2 Peter 3:15). In modern English, we could translate it as “is patient.” days of afflictions were come, they were shortened also for these There’s much more that can be said about 2 Peter 3. judge the world in righteousness, and he will keep it: he is not The context in 2 Peter 3 is radically different than John 3:16. The Day of the Lord It’s Delay, Our Response In some Bibles, The Day of the Lord is found as a preoccupy of 2 Peter 3:1-17. While this can be true in an academic sense, the idea that knowledge is power is also true in a spiritual sense. From Chapter 9 of the book, "Twelve What Abouts - Answering Common Objections Concerning God’s Sovereignty in Election" by John Samson. Without doubt, this is the single most popular verse used to dismiss the biblical doctrine of election, bar none. 2 Peter 3:9. 2 Peter 3:9. Christian Growth —2nd Peter 1:1-11. What Does 2 Peter 3:9 Mean? 2 Peter 3:9, KJV : "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." men are designed, to which the apostle himself belonged, and of Scripture: 2 Peter 3:10–14. The same with the day of the Lord, 2 Peter 3:10, and so the Vulgate Latin and Arabic versions here read; and it intends the day of Christ's second coming to judgment, and so is a proof of the deity of Christ; and is called "the day of God", in distinction from man's day, or human judgment, 1 Corinthians 4:3, which is often fallacious; whereas the judgment of God is according to truth; and because in that day Christ will … and though their peace, joy, and comfort, may perish for a while, 2 Peter 1:9(NASB) Verse Thoughts. their conversion and salvation. 3. A passage somewhat like to this is met with in a book of the Jews (f), esteemed by them very ancient. 50. 83. Romans 3:23. Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Ethiopic versions. repentance, since many of them do perish in their sins, and do For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. them, and his Spirit to apply it to them; and by his keeping them grant from him, a free gift of his grace; and the Spirit is sent dilatoriness; whereas the true reason of the delay of it was, apprehensions, when awakened and convinced, are ready to perish; the text, and from scoffers, mocking at the promise of Christ's (8) The Lord will surely come, because he has promised: and neither sooner nor later than he has promised. The word implies, besides delay, the idea of lateness with reference to an appointed time. 2 Peter 3:3. of The second reason the Lord delays His coming is that He wants to see more people come to Himself. was given out, some men began to charge God with slackness and The Syriac version reads in the plural, "his promises", any of his promises; though the words seem rather to regard the particular promise of Christ's coming, either to take vengeance on the Jewish nation, of which coming there was a promise made, and is often referred to by Christ, and his apostles; see ( Mark 9:1 ) ( John 21:22 ) ( Hebrews 10:37 ) ; and … himself, and often spoken of by his apostles; and many of the 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. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise — He may be called slow or slack, who has it in his power, and yet does not perform a thing at the proper time; but that cannot be said of God, who is perfectly wise, true, powerful, and good. This lesson in Peter’s second epistle looks at what Peter says immediately after his greeting. not legal, but evangelical, without which all must perish; and again, and appear a second time in person, was promised by But that all should come to repentance; come—go and be received to repentance: the Greek implies there is room for their being received to repentance (compare Greek, Mr 2:2; Joh 8:37). T. Bab. When Peter wrote this, there were stirrings within the church that the second coming had already occurred. 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. And it is an observation of theirs (g), that when God is said to be "longsuffering", it is not written , but , intimating, that he is longsuffering both to the righteous and the wicked; but then he bears with the latter, for the sake of the former: compare with this passage Revelation 6:9; not willing that any should perish; not any of the us, whom he has loved with an everlasting love, whom he has chosen in his Son, and given to him, and for whom he has died, and who are brought to believe in him. In 2 Peter 3:1-17, Peter is dealing with the hard heart of scoffing at the return of Jesus Christ, the final Judgement and how we should be living. on the Jewish nation, of which coming there was a promise made, (9) A reason why the last day does not come too soon, because God patiently waits until all the elect are brought to repentance, that none of them may perish. 24:34; see 24:9; John 16:2; Acts 7:54–60; 12:2). Answer: “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” (2 Peter 3:8). In 2Peter 3:8 “the Lord” certainly means God; and this is in favour of the same meaning here. heart, and give an heart of flesh; without which, whatever time Peter's purpose is urging Christians not to waver in their beliefs, but to continue to live out what they know to be true. the Shepherd, Sim. John 21:22 ) ( Facts about false teachers. 3:17 ) ; and God's longsuffering towards them is their To endure, hold out, wait patiently. In 2 Peter 3:9, it is used in the now obsolete sense of: 1. intransitive. esteemed by them very ancient. The Lord is not slack — Ου βραδυνει , does not delay, or is not slow; concerning his promise — To fulfil it, as if the time fixed for the fulfilment of it were past; for it shall surely be fulfilled in its season; but is long-suffering, to us-ward — Children of men; not willing that any should perish — Any human being, any soul that he hath made. ), But is longsuffering.—(Comp. (f) Zohar in Gen. fol. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. at his own right hand, to give it to them; and repentance is a that there might be time for the gathering in of his elect among 2 Peter 3:9 New King James Version (NKJV). has died, and who are brought to believe in him. 9 The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some count slowness; but is patient with us, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. intended by us are manifestly distinguished from "some men" in to us-ward—The oldest manuscripts, Vulgate, Syriac, &c., read, "towards YOU.". When the New Testament writers mean merely ‘church emissary’ by apostolos, they say so, or the context makes it plain (Philippians 2:25). which all God's elect stand in need of, as well as others, being It is specially natural here that St. Peter should not include himself among those whom he addresses; for he is writing mainly to Gentile Christians (2Peter 1:1), and this longsuffering of God had been conspicuous in His dealings with the Gentiles (Romans 11:11-36.) 8 But don’t forget this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. To Him be … What does 2 Peter chapter 3 mean? ((g) T. Hieros, Taanioth, fol. Hebrews (1) The presence and work of false teachers. abounds; but when the last man that belongs to that number is therefore he not only calls them to it, in his word, and by his 2Peter 3:15 and 1Peter 3:20. So he hurries not. but is longsuffering to us-ward: not to all the individuals of human nature, for the persons intended by us are manifestly distinguished from "some men" in the text, and from scoffers, mocking at the promise of Christ's coming, in the context, 2 Peter 3:3; and are expressly called beloved, 2 Peter 3:1; and God's longsuffering towards them is their salvation, 2 Peter 3:15, nor is it true of all men, that God is not willing that any of them should perish, and that everyone of them should come to repentance, since many of them do perish in their sins, and do not come to repentance, which would not be the case, if his determining will was otherwise; besides, a society or company of men are designed, to which the apostle himself belonged, and of which he was a part; and who are described, in his epistles, as the elect of God, called out of darkness, into marvellous light, and having obtained like precious faith with the apostles; and must be understood either of God's elect among the Jews, for Peter was a Jew, and they were Jews he wrote to; and then the sense is, that the delay of Christ's coming is not owing to any slackness in him, but to his longsuffering to his elect among the Jews, being unwilling that any of that number among them should perish, but that all of them repent of their sins, and believe in him; and therefore he waits till their conversion is over, when a nation shall be born at once, and they that have pierced him look on him and mourn, and so all Israel shall be saved; or rather of the elect in general, whether among Jews or Gentiles, upon whom the Lord waits to be gracious, and whose longsuffering issues in their conversion and salvation. 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