He is very patient!
Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
Ezekiel 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. (This is very plain, truly repent and live eternally).
1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
2 Peter 3:9 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 would like to ask you some questions.
*Are all aware of this loving gift (Grace, unmerited favor, the only way to salvation) to us from God?
*Will all come unto the knowledge of the truth in this flesh life? No.
*Will all repent? We’ll see in the near future.
*Does God go back on His promises as some men do? No.
*Is the word “perish” referring to this flesh life or the afterlife? The afterlife and your soul and spirit.
It is apparent to me that according to the above verses God wants all of His children to come to repentance and be saved. I can't say whether it will happen or not, but, I certainly can't disagree with Him. I want all to come to the point in their lives that they choose to accept His gift and truly repent; He has made salvation available to all, regardless of what some say.
Psalm 145:18 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. (Repentance must be done in truth. You cannot con God).
According to 1 Timothy 2:1 we are to try to persuade any and all to repent, pray for them and give God thanks for them; we are to intercede on their behalf. Does this mean we get out on a street corner and preach repentance? No, in many cases, just being a good example is probably the best way to lead others toward God. When they see what you have (peace, joy, confidence, no fear, etc.), they may want some too. Preaching hellfire and brimstone can turn people off in some cases, driving them away from God. Trying to ram something down someones throat is not a good idea, it usually backfires.
There are more verses that tell us that God does not want to destroy anyone; He wants all to repent and live eternally. A few examples follow: Ezekiel 18:23, and 33:11; Mark 6:12; Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30.
Some think and preach that God woke up today looking for someone to zap. Not true! His offer of salvation is available to all if they haven’t accepted it as of yet. If anyone decides not to accept it, then “they” made a choice that will end in the death of their soul for eternity. Again, it was their choice.
I use the KJV Bible only. Study your Bibles completely, cover to cover. Learn the truth. Connect the dots and get a more complete picture.
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