2 Peter 3:9

In reading By Grace Alone by Jim McClarty, I came across an interesting point I had never really noticed. Many have heard the verse in 2 Peter 3:9 used to defend the Arminian position that all men must do is choose faith in Christ to be saved. That the onus is on man because God has done His part and He has provided Salvation and Repentance for all men.

2 Peter 3:9 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.

What is the context of this passage?

Paul is speaking to believers who are losing hope saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?, 1 Peter 3:4.

We know Paul is speaking to believers because of several verses.

1 Peter 1:1-2 “…To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion … according to the foreknowledge of God …

2 Peter 2:1 “… To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ …”

Even 2 Peter 3:8, the immediately proceeding verse, addresses the listeners as “beloved” meaning the believers. We cannot take promises given to believers as belong to the whole world. Just as when I am speaking to my children and say “All of us are going to Walmart.” We all know that does not mean all the world nor all my town. Context and audience are very important factors to sound Bible Study.


6 thoughts on “2 Peter 3:9

  1. If all were to be saved, then why is there a hell?

    Believers are being addressed by Peter,not non believers.

    Thank God for His Holy Spirit, and that He chose us.

    God bless.


    Berean Wife Reply:


    Like you said thankfully God chose us and He will keep us. That is a blessing!

    Berean Wife


  2. Fara,

    I have several short youtube videos by Jim McClarty you may have already seen these, but perhaps your readers are unaware; they are all so excellent!

    The first one is on faith being a gift – http://youtu.be/o3dodm97SY4

    The next one is on John 3:16 – http://youtu.be/BDxRss_v78A

    Here’s one on 2 Peter 3:9 – http://youtu.be/GIPabz-01lY

    and this one concerning Arminianism – http://youtu.be/7gNmFc2uZoo

    This man and his teachings are a blessing to God’s own, as God receives all glory for him. I just started reading his book ‘by grace alone’ which can be downloaded at http://www.salvationbygrace.org/uc/sub/docs/bygracealone.pdf

    Many blessings to you!


    Berean Wife Reply:


    Thank you for sharing those. McClarty is a very good communicator who takes deep concepts and makes them easier to grasp. By Grace Alone is a good resource that I plan to share with others I have enjoyed it due to it’s “clarity” and simplicity while still Biblically sound.

    Haven’t heard from you in a while hope you are doing well and standing strong in the faith.

    Berean Wife


    lyn Reply:

    I am doing well, thank you for your concern. This past year was a busy one at work, I worked six days a week most of the year as well as many 12 hour shifts. This was not due to any economic boom, but rather to faulty equipment and being behind schedule as a result. I also work midnights, so I don’t get to some of my favorite websites as often as I would like.

    By God’s grace, I am growing stronger in the faith, even in a time when so much compromise and deception are abound. May He be forever praised for His power and might in His people.


    Berean Wife Reply:


    Sorry to hear you’ve had an overly busy year. Sometimes the Lord uses things like that to sanctify us even more. I can usually do Ok, until I get over-booked and overly tired. Then I see my true character in all it’s sin. 🙁 While I’ve been busy lately it has only been a good kind of busy, mostly of my own choosing, with lots of ministry opportunities.

    Keep striving for the prize.

    Berean Wife

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