2 Peter 3:9
Memorise 1 Timothy 2:3-4
“for God so loved the world…”
Oftentimes, when the gospel is shared with a person, he may seem rather convinced, and does not dispute the truth of what he is being told. However, he then gives a nonchalant shrug, and says something like, “well nah, I think this whole Jesus and salvation thing is not for me”. Or maybe he would commend you for your faith and zeal, but laments that he is too deep in the world to find himself out of it. Is that how you feel as well?
My dear friend, the God of the Bible is the God who created the whole world. He created you and me, and all of us were made in the image of God. When He sent Jesus to die on the cross, it was because He loved the whole world. He has a care and concern for each and every one of His creation, and His desire is that not one of us should perish.
In fact, the very reason why the Lord has not yet returned to this world is because He is longsuffering, and waiting for more people to come to repentance. His promise is that He will return one day. But when Jesus comes in His second coming, He is no longer coming as a suffering servant, but He will be coming as the triumphant King, who will judge all sinners who have not repented. The whole earth will be destroyed, and only those who are saved will enter into the new heaven and the new earth.
God’s desire, as clearly stated in this verse, is that He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. In fact, He has ‘no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live’ (Ezekiel 33:11). The gospel is freely given out to all who would hear. Anyone who simply receives the gospel by faith, who is convicted of his sin and repents, will definitely be saved! This is the promise of God’s Word. Note however that although this is what God desires, He still is the perfect Judge who will judge all who do not repent at the Day of Judgment. We are not to read this verse wrongly, and assume that since God does not desire for me to perish, then I am safe. No! God wants you to repent, and turn to Jesus Christ in faith, acknowledging that He alone can save you from your sins.
Thought: If salvation is for all that means salvation is for me!
Prayer: Lord, thank You for salvation so rich, so free, and given to all.