Once again, we are refraining from posting articles on Justification by Grace so that we may spend time with our families in public and private worship on Sunday and Monday.
ANNOUNCER DON PARDO: Join us at Justification by Grace when we resume our regular broadcast week on Tuesday, June 29th— as we hear Satch and Skeeter explore some particulars surrounding particular redemption:
SKEETER: Yowza, Satch! If God elects those to be saved and is sovereign in all His decrees, how do ya figure the scripture that says that God’s “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”?
SATCH: Well, let’s just take a look at that passage of scripture from the Bible…. Here it is: 2 Peter 3:9. Read the whole verse, Skeeter.
SKEETER: “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.”
SATCH: God is “longsuffering to us-ward.” In other words, he’s patient toward us, not willing that we should perish, but that we should come to repentance. Who is the “us” that God is patient toward? That would be the audience that Peter is writing to, which would also include Peter because he writes, “us.”
SKEETER: No foolin’?
SATCH: Here, look at chapter 3, verse 1: “This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance.” Who is beloved except those who are saved? Let me ask ya this, Skeets— Do unbelievers have pure minds?
SKEETER: I guess not.
SATCH: In the original verse we looked at, 2 Peter 3:9, it says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness.” Here it tells us further that this verse of scripture is for believers because the whole context of the chapter is encouraging believers that, although Christ’s return is delayed, He will keep His promise even though some men think that God has slowed and slacked. This verse is the answer to those who mocked the time that has lapsed since Christ ascended, as it says here in 2 Peter 3:3–4, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
SKEETER: “Heavens to Murgatroyd, Satch! Why doesn’t somebody tell me these things?”
SATCH: “Somebody just did, Skeeter. Somebody just did.”
ANNOUNCER DON PARDO: Justification by Grace— the all-weather weblog. On behalf of Jon Cardwell and Reformed dudes everywhere, this is Don Pardo, praying that you stay ever at the cross of Christ and in God’s Word by God’s amazing grace until Christ comes!
JON CARDWELL: Thank you, Don Pardo.