Quick thoughts on the “Is-ness” and Patience of God: 2 Peter 3:8-9

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (New International Version 1984) – 2 Peter 3:8-9

Each of these two verse presents something extremely important about the nature of God and His plans for us. Let’s take a very quick look at each verse:

(v. 8) “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”

God (the Trinity) created time and exists outside of the dimension of time. This is often called the “Is-ness” of God. Because God dwells outside the dimension of time, He is always in the present unless we are referring to a specific event. This is such an important and intriguing aspect of God that I’ve written an entire series on it: Exploring the IS-ness of God. A look at time.

(v. 9) “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

This is another of the themes I write about often. In His commands, Jesus promised His disciples a place in heaven. He did not command us to go to heaven, however. His commands to His disciples are captured by two: The Great Commandment to love one another and the Great Commission, to spread the Good News. By these Jesus commands that we bring heaven to earth now!

As to His patience:

We humans ask “What’s taking Him so long?”

Jesus looks at our progress on bringing heaven to earth and asks: “What’s taking THEM so long?”

Shalom, Art
Alive in The Word

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Missouri, USA Married to Marty, 45 years 2 sons (with 2 daughers-in-law) and 2 granddaughters Life dedicated to serving Jesus Christ and delivering the Good News
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5 Responses to Quick thoughts on the “Is-ness” and Patience of God: 2 Peter 3:8-9

  1. granbee says:

    It is truly WE who must bring Heaven down and bring about perfect peace! We must join together to travel to the perfect Light and bring it down amongst us all!

  2. mtsweat says:

    All in due time… His time! I am humbled and inspired by His question of ‘what’s taking US so long.’ That’s good!

  3. ptl2010 says:

    When we don’t understand why we must wait for His answers, let us learn just to trust Him. and if we do, we shall know the truisim of “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”

  4. bfpierce11 says:

    It is easy to lose patience hoping for the sanctification process to be instantaneous. I think sometimes we are called, as the Israelites, to wander in the wilderness for a while on this earth that we may learn greater levels of dependence on Him.

  5. The Alpha & Omega sign at the beginning says it: He is the Beginning and the End; He is the great “I AM” – the eternally present One. He “IS”.

    When we think of our ministry of bringing heaven to earth, we should be thinking present tense too, for “NOW” might be the only chance we have. We cannot be certain of the opportunity if we put off until tomorrow what we can do today. As we intermix with people in our community, may we keep in mind a “Now” watch and make use of every opportunity the Lord presents.

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