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Message of the Day: God is Patiently Waiting for People to Come to Repentance.

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.” (2 Peter 3:9, NKJV)

The Old Testament emphasized that God delayed judgment to allow opportunity for the wicked to repent.

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God’s seeming delay in bringing about the consummation of all things is a result not of indifference but of patience in waiting for all who will come to repentance. Thus the scoffers are wrong on two points: (1) they fail to recognize that all things have not continued without divine intervention since creation (the flood was an intervention, v.v. 4-6), (2) they misunderstand the reason for apparent divine delay (God is a long-suffering God).

From God’s point of view there is no delay, since he does not view time according to human standards. Eternity is not time carried on and on indefinitely, but is an entirely different order of things. God is waiting as long as possible, so that we might realize the seriousness pf our sins and turn from them. (2 Peter 3:8-9, NKJV)


Keener, Craig S. The IVP Bible Background Commentary. New Testament. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

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