May 12, 2022 – Thursday
2 Peter 3:9 NIV
9 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 3:9 NET
9 The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 KJV
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.
I have included three versions above to show just how beautiful this verse is no matter which translation of the Bible you are using.
Peter’s second letter is written 1:1b, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours. He is writing to us! But if Peter’s letter is to believers, then what of our verse of the day?
Peter’s readers must realize that the apparent delay of divine judgment is a sign of God’s forbearance and mercy toward them and any and all future believers. He also has an interest in believers who have been deceived by false teachers, that they would repent and return to the fold. Repentance is also mentioned for those who will come to faith slowly and is the reason God delays His judgment. The delay is for those who will come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, which sadly is not for the entire world though Grace is offered to everyone.
Bottom Line: Our heavenly Father waits for our repentance and for that of any future believers.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for such loving patience and mercy. We are so glad to know You as our Heavenly Father. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton
NOTE TO YESTERDAY’S VERSE/S of the DAY From Phil, a regular reader
We are starting our study of Hebrews tomorrow evening. Some of your readers might be interested. The most interesting speculation about its authorship is that it was written by Priscilla (a woman) and her husband Aquilla. Quoted by a German theologian named Harnack in Guzik’s commentary. However, the writer of Hebrews speaks of HIMself in 11:32. This is not apparent in english, but in Greek the verb “telling” is a present participle in the masculine gender modifying “Me”. The verse literally says, “Time will fail me telling about Gideon, Barak…(etc.)”
So unless this was Aquilla writing this section, I doubt that this was Priscilla trying to hide her identity. Looking forward to an enlightening study with Luke and the others.
Now Me – The authorship remains unknown. What is fascination is how Hebrews became part of the New Testament when the author was unknown. Perhaps someone ‘back then’ knew.