Francis Turretin on God is not Willing that Any Should Perish

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

2 Peter 3:9

 

Turretin below allows and approves of a Revealed Will interpretation of 2 Pet. 3:9, that “God is… not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,” though he prefers and argues for the effectual-saving-of-the-elect interpretation.

 

 

Institutes of Elenctic Theology, 1696, translated by George Giger, ed. James Dennison, Jr., Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1992

Volume 1, Question 17, p. 408

XXXIX.  When Peter testifies that “God is longsuffering to usward, and not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9), he does not favor in the least the cause of universalism.  Either this relates to the will of precept and complacency (eurestias) [the revealed will] by which men are invited to repentance by the preaching of the gospel and by repentance to life (which you would wrongly draw [infer] to the decree and intention of God); or (if you refer it to the decree – which pleases others and seems broader), it should not be extended further than to the elect and believers (for whose sake God puts off the consummation of ages until their number shall be completed and by whom, collected from the four corners of the world, the gospel ought to be preached in the whole world)…

 

 

 

Related Pages

Francis Turretin on the Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel

The Serious Offer of the Gospel

Historic Reformed Quotes on the Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel

1600’s – Puritan Quotes on the Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel