I have seen 2 Peter 3:9 brought up many times in this forum. How would self-ascribed Calvinists and Arminians explain what this phrase means? "The Lord is ... not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." My focus is on the word willing. If it is the "will" of God that no one perishes, but all repent, would the fact that some do not repent say that God's sovereign "will" is thwarted? If God truly indeed is "willing" that all repent, why do not all repent? So my questions are: 1. If God is "willing" (or desiring?) all to repent, is He capable of fulfilling His own desires? Since, not all repent, why does He not, if this is what He "wills"? 2. Is this passage referring to all humanity, or only to the elect? 3. Is this even a passage about salvation (i.e. justification), or is it about sanctification within the elect?