This is part of the commentary of Owen in his classic : The Death Of Death . (p.348,349) " The Lord ," saith he ," is long-suffering to us-ward , not willing that any should perish ." Will not common sense teach us that US is to be repeated in both the following clauses , to make them up complete and full , -- namely , " Not willing that any of US should come to repentance ? " Now , who are these of whom the apostle speaks , to whom he writes ? Such as had received "great and precious promises ," chap.1:4 , whom he calls "beloved," chap. 3:1 ; whom he opposeth to the "scoffers" of the "last days," verse 3; to whom the Lord hath respect in the disposal of these days ; who are said to be "elect," Matt.24:22 . Now , truly, to argue that because God would have none of those to perish , but all of them to come to repentance , therefore he hath the same will and mind towards all and every one in the world ( even those to whom he never makes known his will , nor ever calls to repentance , if they never once hear of his way of salvation ) , comes not much short of extreme madness and folly . Neither is it of any weight to the contrary , that they were not all elect to whom Peter wrote : for in the judgment of charity he esteemed them so , desiring them " to give all diligence to make their calling and election sure ," chap. 1:10; even as he expressly calleth those to whom he wrote his former epistle , "elect," chap.1:2 , and a "chosen generation," as well as a "purchased people," chap.2:9 . I shall not need add any thing concerning the contradictions and inextricable difficulties wherewith the opposite interpretation is accompanied ( as, that God should will such to come to repentance as he cuts off in their infancy out of the covenant , such as he hateth from eternity , from whom he hideth the means of grace , to whom he will not give repentance , and yet knoweth that it is utterly impossible they should have it without his bestowing ). The text is clear , that it is all and only the elect whom he would not have to perish .