Message Notes 1.17.21 | Why Doesn’t Christ Return? | 2 Peter 3:8-9

2 Peter 3:8–9 (ESV)

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 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.

I. Because God’s timing is not our timing


Psalm 90:3–4 (ESV)

You return man to dust 

and say, “Return, O children of man!” 

For a thousand years in your sight 

are but as yesterday when it is past, 

or as a watch in the night.

Genesis 41:1 (ESV)

41 After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile,

Genesis 50:20 (ESV)

20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

Galatians 4:4 (ESV)

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,

II. Because the Lord is patient, not wishing any should perish.

A. God’s promises happen in His time, not our schedule.

B. God’s delay is due to His patience and compassion.

Romans 3:10–11 (ESV)

10 as it is written: 

“None is righteous, no, not one; 

11  no one understands; 

no one seeks for God.

Ezekiel 18:23 (ESV)

23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?

Acts 2:23 (ESV)

23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.

Acts 4:27–28 (ESV)

27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.

C. Since God wishes all to come to repentance we must preach the gospel of repentance to everyone.

Mark 1:15 (ESV)

15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Luke 24:46–47 (ESV)

46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

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