2 Peter 3:9 – Who does “all” refer to?

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.

Does 2 Peter 3:9 mean that God wants everyone to be saved?  Does all mean all all the time?  Can all ever mean something else?  Does this verse disprove the Doctrine of Election?  Lets see……..

This brief article, written by John Samson, seeks to explain this verse in context.  His explanation of this verse is the way I understand it too.  His conclusion is:

Rather than denying election, the verse, understood in its biblical context, is one of the strongest verses in favor of it.

Please take a moment to read the article to see how he comes to this conclusion.  Let me know what you think.


One Response to 2 Peter 3:9 – Who does “all” refer to?

  1. Tom Shelton says:


    The New Testament was written to believers, not just to Hebrews. All, in 2 Peter 3:9, refers to all believers….which include gentiles how had believed. The churches established in the NT included both Hebrews christians and gentile christians. The apostles preached to both. Peter was the one who God gave the vision that showed that Gentiles were not unclean as they had been previously thought. He was the first to proclaim the Gospel to gentiles and the first to accept the fact that God was justifying and sanctifying gentiles as well as Hebrews. Paul was set apart as the apostle to the gentiles. Why would God have given him this designation if God did not have sheep among the gentiles?

    Your teaching are false and seriously warped. I urge you to repent and come to the true correct understand of Scripture.


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