Those who hold to "Predestined-Salvation" generally understand it as:
Originally Posted by Brother Mark
"God does not decree to perish any-of-those-He's-decreed-not-perish, but patiently waits for those to repent whom He's ordained TO repent and their TIME of repentance".
Would YOU write something like that? I sure wouldn't; and I don't think Peter would either...
The word "willing" in that verse is the Greek word
NT:1014 boulomai (boo'-lom-ahee); middle voice of a primary verb.; to "will," i.e. (reflexively) be willing:
(Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
It is not God's will that any should perish according to the scriptures in 2 Peter 3:9.
However, we also know it is God's will that man decide according to Jeremiah 18.
Jer 18:8 if that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it.
It sure doesn't sound like God makes the decision, does it!
Touche'! Very good post, again!
And we know that it is God's will that if man doesn't believe, that he perish according to numerous scriptures.
So which part of his will is greater? He wills them all and I can provide verses to show it. If I pick or choose to lean too far in one direction on these scriptural principles, then I fall out of line with scripture.
Thing is, if a verse doesn't line up with our theology, are we going to believe it?