2 Peter 3:9 is one of the most misunderstood verses in all of the Bible. But as in real estate, location - or context - is crucial in "rightly dividing the word of truth." This is a tremendous verse on the saving of God's elect people from all eternity and needs to be understood correctly.
Successful evangelism is not derived according to our techniques, programs, contextualizations, or methods; but according to the gospel - which is "the power of God unto salvation" (Roms. 1:16-17). The Apostle Paul clearly states in Roms. 10:17 that "...faith come by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ" - literally meaning, the gospel. (It should be noted that it is not simply the mere words of biblical truth being read or heard that produce faith, but it is a sovereign work of God through the Holy Spirit that grants faith. IOW - regeneration is a divine work of the Lord that precedes faith in the hearts of those who will believe resulting by grace to "hear" the gospel message and embrace the truth claims about Christ unto salvation. Titus 3:4-7; 1 Cor. 12:3; John 6:35-44).
Click on the play icon contained in the YouTube video below to listen and understand a fine teaching on this important verse. May the Lord encourage and strengthen your hearts today with further confidence that the Lord is not slow concerning His promises.
Enjoy this Lord's Day beloved - for "this is the day that He has made rejoice and be glad in it!" (Psalm 118:24).
Grace and peace to you,
2 Cor. 4:5-7
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