1I, Simon Peter, am writing this letter. I serve Jesus Christ. I am his apostle. I am sending this letter to you who have received a faith as valuable as ours. You received it because our God and Savior Jesus Christ does what is right and fair for everyone.
2May more and more grace and peace be given to you. May they come to you as you learn more about God and about Jesus our Lord.
Be Sure That God Has Chosen You
3God's power has given us everything we need to lead a godly life. All of that has come to us because we know the One who chose us. He chose us because of his own glory and goodness.
4He has also given us his very great and valuable promises. He did it so you could share in his nature. He also did it so you could escape from the evil in the world. That evil is caused by sinful longings.
5So you should try very hard to add goodness to your faith. To goodness, add knowledge. 6To knowledge, add the ability to control yourselves. To the ability to control yourselves, add the strength to keep going. To the strength to keep going, add godliness. 7To godliness, add kindness to believers. And to kindness to believers, add love.
8You should possess more and more of those good points. They will make you useful and fruitful as you get to know our Lord Jesus Christ better.
9But what if some of you do not have those good points? Then you can't see very well. You are blind. You have forgotten that your past sins have been washed away.
10My brothers and sisters, be very sure that God has appointed you to be saved. Be sure that he has chosen you. If you do everything I have just said, you will never trip and fall. 11You will receive a rich welcome into the kingdom that lasts forever. It is the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Prophecy Comes From God
12So I will always remind you of these things. I'll do it even though you know them. I'll do it even though you now have deep roots in the truth. 13I think it is right for me to remind you. It is right as long as I live in this tent. I'm talking about my body.
14I know my tent will soon be removed. Our Lord Jesus Christ has made that clear to me. 15I hope that you will always be able to remember these things after I'm gone. I will try very hard to see that you do.
16We told you about the time our Lord Jesus Christ came with power. But we didn't make up stories when we told you about it. With our own eyes we saw him in all his majesty. 17God the Father gave him honor and glory. The voice of the Majestic Glory came to him. It said, "This is my Son, and I love him. I am very pleased with him." (Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35) 18We ourselves heard the voice that came from heaven. We were with him on the sacred mountain.
19The word of the prophets is made more certain. We have that word. You must pay attention to it. It is like a light shining in a dark place. It will shine until the day Jesus comes. Then the Morning Star will rise in your hearts.
20Above all, here is what you must understand. No prophecy in Scripture ever came from a prophet's own understanding. 21It never came simply because a prophet wanted it to. Instead, the Holy Spirit guided the prophets as they spoke. So prophecy comes from God.