Not willing that any should perish
2 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.”
The Lord is not willing that any should perish….but that all should come to repentance.
But, what are we willing?
It is an interesting way of saying it: “…that all should come to repentance.”
How many times does Jesus say, “Come”……here it is come to Him for repentance!
He is so willing to save….He will help you repent….if you will come to Him!
He does not say…..you must give up this, to come to Me….but….
….He says, Come to Me…and I will help you give up this.
Our sin separates us from every good thing….from God, first….but also from true sight….true understanding….true hope and love.
And God is not willing that we perish in our sins….so He sent HIs Son to save all who will come to Him.
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Matthew 1:21 “For she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.”
It is also interesting that God always seeks us, first.
He did in the garden with our first parents….Adam and Eve…when He came down…knowing they had sinned…
….yet giving them the opportunity to come to Him and confess it….
…”And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden….And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” (Genesis 3:8-9)
And He does with us….He sends His Spirit to wake us up, to our sin….and then calls…
Matthew 11:28 “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
So the question still remains…..will you come to repentance…..come to Jesus Christ, and give yourself to Him?
John 6:37, 40 “All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.
And this is the will of Him Who sent Me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day.”
Coming to Christ is believing,…that is in the heart……
….and calling out to Him to save us,…with the mouth:
Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
God is not willing that any should perish….will we hear His call to come…..to come to Him?
Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”