Greeting the Faithful
1Simon Peter, a bondservant and #Gal. 2:8apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have obtained #Eph. 4:5like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
2#Dan. 4:1Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3as His #1 Pet. 1:5divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him #1 Thess. 2:12; 2 Thess. 2:14; 1 Pet. 5:10who called us by glory and virtue, 4#2 Cor. 1:20; 7:1by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be #(2 Cor. 3:18)partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Fruitful Growth in the Faith
5But also for this very reason, #2 Pet. 3:18giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue #2 Pet. 1:2knowledge, 6to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7to godliness brotherly kindness, and #Gal. 6:10to brotherly kindness love. 8For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren #(John 15:2)nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9For he who lacks these things is #1 John 2:9–11shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
10Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent #2 Cor. 13:5; 1 John 3:19to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Peter’s Approaching Death
12For this reason #Phil. 3:1; 1 John 2:21; Jude 5I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, #1 Pet. 5:12though you know and are established in the present truth. 13Yes, I think it is right, #(2 Cor. 5:1, 4); 2 Pet. 1:14as long as I am in this tent, #2 Pet. 3:1to stir you up by reminding you, 14#(2 Cor. 5:1; 2 Tim. 4:6)knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as #John 13:36; 21:18, 19our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. 15Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.
The Trustworthy Prophetic Word
16For we did not follow #1 Cor. 1:17cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the #(Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:19–22)power and #(1 Pet. 5:4)coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were #Matt. 17:1–5; Luke 1:2eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: #Ps. 2:7; Is. 42:1; Matt. 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 1:35; 9:35“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 18And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on #Matt. 17:1the holy mountain.
19And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a #(John 1:4, 5, 9)light that shines in a dark place, #Prov. 4:18until #Rev. 2:28; 22:16the day dawns and the morning star rises in your #(2 Cor. 4:5–7)hearts; 20knowing this first, that #(Rom. 12:6)no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21for #Jer. 23:26; (2 Tim. 3:16)prophecy never came by the will of man, #2 Sam. 23:2; Luke 1:70; Acts 1:16; 3:18; 1 Pet. 1:11but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.