THE LONGSUFFERING OF GOD
Isa. 48:9. "For my name's sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off. 11. For mine own sake, even for my own sake, I will do it: for how should my name be polluted? And I will not give my glory to another."
Ezek. 20:7. "Nevertheless mine eye spared them from destroying them, neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness."
Joel. 2:13. And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness...."
Matt. 19:8. "He said unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your heart suffered you to put away your wives, but from the beginning it was not so."
Matt.23:37. "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that kills the prophets, and stone them that are sent unto you; how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you would not!"
Luke 13:6. "He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, but found none. 7. Then said he unto thew dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, but find none; cut it down, why cumbereth it the ground? 8. And he answered and said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I dig it about, and dung it. 9. And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that you can cut it down."
Acts 14:16. "Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways."
Acts 17:30. "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent."
Rom.2:4. "Despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowng that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?"
Rom.9:22. "What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering, the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction. 23. That he might make know the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had before prepared unto glory."
(Many have taken these two verses out of context with the chapter and context of the whole Bible, to try and teach the silly idea of God predestinating before they were born, some to hell-fire and some to glory. The truth of these verses can be found as I expound the book of Romans in "The New Testament Bible Story" and in my study on "Predestination" on this website - Keith Hunt)
1 Pet. 3:20. "The longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah."
2 Pet. 3:9. "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is LONGSUFFERING towards us, NOT WANTING ANY TO PERISH, BUT THAT ALL SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE. 15, And account that the LONGSUFFERING of our Lord is SALVATION."
THE ETERNAL GOD IS WORKING OUT A PLAN OF SALVATION HERE BELOW WTH MANKIND. IT IS A PLAN OF MUCH L O N G S U F F E R I N G - A PLAN THAT ONLY THE RELATIVE FEW FROM ADAM HAVE BEEN CALLED TO SALVATION, WHILE THE REST WERE LEFT IN UTTER SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS. READ AGAIN ACTS 14:16. AND CHAPTER 9 THROUGH 11 OF THE BOOK OF ROMANS.
THE PLAN OF SALVATION IS FULLY EXPLAINED IN MY STUDY CALLED "THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT."
YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE WONDERFUL PLAN OF SALVATION THE ETERNAL GOD HAS FOR ALL MANKIND THAT HAS EVER LIVED OR WILL LIVE.
THEN YOU WILL REJOICE AND PRAISE GOD FOR HIS MERCY AND LONGSUFFERING. YOU WILL BE FREE FROM THE SILLY AND FALSE TEACHINGS OF A FALSE CHRISTIANITY - YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH WILL MAKE YOU FREE!