God is a promise-keeping God! He doesn’t want anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.
2Pet.3:9 is an often quoted verse and we are all comforted by the fact that God is a promise-keeping God. He has promised to save those who believe in Him and He will deliver on that promise! No trouble, enemy or persecution can keep us from His promise as long as our hearts do not wander away from Him and as long as we do not live like the ungodly.
Having reminded believers of a faithful promise-keeping God, Peter tells us in vv.11-14 that, at the end of the day, we are accountable to God for how we live our lives.
Jesus finished the work of redemption on the cross, that means He has made it possible for us to be saved but at the same time, God’s Word tells us to be holy for the Lord is holy. Living an ungodly life is inconsistent with what God intends for us.
Peter then ends by saying in vv.17-18 that we should heed his warning, be on our guard and not be carried away by ungodliness which can result in us falling from our secure position! Yes, believers CAN FALL from our secure position if we are not careful. We cannot be following Christ and at the same time wander off to the devil’s “wonderland” for some fun and excitement from time to time.
As God’s people, we are called to holiness and that’s what we should be encouraging every believer to be – to make every effort to be holy. Being holy requires effort! The Bible clearly tells us that. So let’s encourage one another.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9 NIV