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God Desires That ABSOLUTELY NONE Should Perish?

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God Desires That ABSOLUTELY NONE Should Perish?

What Exactly Does That Mean?

 

“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.” [2 Peter 3:9]

 
1) If it was God’s will that absolutely no one at all should perish, then none would perish. Period.
 
Many Christians erroneously interpret 2 Peter 3:9. This verse actually says that He is long-suffering towards US or “us-ward” (in the original Greek). The “us” is those for whom Jesus Christ died – God’s elect. DID YOU GET THAT? The “us” mentioned in 2 Peter 3:9 is referring to those for whom Jesus Christ died, the sheep, not the goats – the elect, not the reprobate – the redeemed, not those who die in their sins. End of story! Yet how many preachers will use that verse to try to make a case for universalism – that Jesus died for everyone who ever lived or who will ever live? It should be a “no-brainer” that Jesus could not have died for people who end up in Hell, since our just God does not punish BOTH the sinner and the Redeemer for the same sins. See our articles on election, predestination and free-will for more clarification on this subject.
 
2) God did not create the universe with flaws.
 
God created all things perfect, and even declared that it was all “very good” when He was done. It was man who sinned and brought forth the flaws. We are responsible. In Adam, we sinned. We are all sinners and we all fall short of the glory of God.
 
3) Jesus Christ is the “Lamb slain before the foundation of the world”.
 
So why did God decree that sin should come…and death (flaws) through sin? To bring glory to Himself, a Redeemer. He desired to display and magnify His grace, love, and mercy! And because it pleased Himself to do such, He decided to do this by creating man, having man fall, and then becoming man Himself to redeem man in a wonderful display of His grace, mercy, and love. For since we all fall short of the glory of God…and we are all are sinners, we deserve nothing but the eternal punishment of God. But God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
 
4) Finally, most people have a “view” of the universe and God that is “man-centered”, as if God only exists FOR man – as if man were God’s CHIEF concern.
 
But what is man? Nothing but dust. God’s ultimate “goal” is His glory. He is the center of the universe and the purpose of the universe. If God desires to display and magnify the glory of His power, His justice, and His wrath in punishing sinners, than so be it! As it is, humans are always wanting “Justice”! If a child is molested and murdered, the parents plea, beg, and fight for justice to be served, and the guilty to be convicted and punished! When they are, they celebrate! Indeed, when the wrath of God pours out on sinners, then the righteous shall stand and celebrate the glory of the Lord.
 
Yes, it is also true that God the Father desires to have a Bride for His son and desires to share His glory with the saints. In this way God displays and magnifies His mercy, grace and love.
 
…but, strictly speaking, it isn’t about you, me, or anyone else. Its about God.
 
This is God’s universe.
 
…and He can do whatever He wants.
 
Are you going to stop God?
 
SOURCE: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080427151309AA6jnRz
EDITED BY: brother Ray
 


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