Sunday, December 9, 2007

What is the Real Meaning of II Peter 3:9?

One frustration of mine is all of the poor biblical interpretation we see in churches. It happens all the time. I don't claim to be an expert, but the good thing is that interpreting the bible is, in general, not rocket science nor is it designed to be. What we see in churches is inexcusable.

I have written about this before, suggesting that when it comes to the bible, interpretation is everything.

One verse that I have seen yanked far out of context on a repeated basis is II Peter 3:9. This verse has been employed by many to supposedly show that it is God's will for everyone in the world to be saved. This supports Arminian conclusions about salvation.

But what does II Peter 3:9 actually mean? What is the best interpretation? Click here to find out. While you are there, check out the excellent blog "The Truth in Context."

You can also read what I have written previously about II Peter 3:9 by clicking here.


Alan said...

Thank you for the kind words and I am glad to see with think so much alike. I was going to link to this post from my blog but my wife said that would be too narcissistic. I will return the favor though. I do have a permanent link here though.

In Christ

Eric said...


Keep up the good work! I'm excited to see a blog that focuses on context.

If we cannot interpret the bible correctly, then we cannot know what God wants from us. In our churches, we really do need a reformation of how we read scripture. The average layman is rarely taught how to actually read his bible for what the original author meant. So many folks today just try to figure out what "it means to them."