1Simeon # Other mss read Simon Peter, #Mt 16:17Lk 6:14Ac 10:32|NoBook| 15:14 a slave and an apostle #Rm 1:1Ti 1:1 of Jesus Christ:
To those who have obtained a faith of equal privilege with ours # Or obtained a faith of the same kind as ours through the righteousness #Rm 5:17Php 1:11 of our God and Savior #Ti 2:13 Jesus Christ.
2May grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God #Jn 17:3Php 3:82Pt 1:3|NoBook| 2:20|NoBook| 3:18 and of Jesus our Lord.
Growth in the Faith
3His # Lit As His divine power #1Pt 1:5 has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge #Jn 17:3Php 3:82Pt 1:2|NoBook| 2:20|NoBook| 3:18 of Him who called #1Th 2:122Th 2:141Pt 5:10 us by # Or to His own glory and goodness. 4By these He has given us very great and precious promises, #Jos 21:451Kg 8:56Is 38:16Jr 33:14Rm 9:4|NoBook| 15:82Co 7:1 so that through them you may share in the divine nature, #Eph 4:24Heb 12:101Jn 3:2 escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires. 5For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, 6knowledge with self-control, #Ac 24:25Gl 5:23 self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, 7godliness with brotherly affection, #Rm 12:10Heb 13:11Pt 1:22 and brotherly affection with love. 8For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless #Jms 2:20 or unfruitful #Mt 7:16-21Gl 5:22Ti 3:14 in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9The person who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins. 10Therefore, brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, #Mt 22:14Rm 11:292Pt 1:3 because if you do these things you will never stumble. 11For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom #Col 1:132Tm 4:18 of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you.
12Therefore I will always remind you about these things, even though you know them and are established in the truth #2Co 11:10Col 1:5-62Jn 23Jn 3-4 you have. 13I consider it right, as long as I am in this bodily tent, # = Peter’s body #2Co 5:1-4 to wake you up with a reminder, 14knowing that I will soon lay aside my tent, as our Lord Jesus Christ has also shown me. #Jn 21:18-23 15And I will also make every effort that you may be able to recall these things at any time after my departure. # Or my death
The Trustworthy Prophetic Word
16For we did not follow cleverly contrived myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; #Mk 13:26|NoBook| 14:621Th 2:19 instead, we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. #Mt 17:1-6 17For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, a voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory:
This is My beloved Son. # Other mss read My Son, My Beloved
I take delight in Him! # = Christ’s transfiguration; Mt 17:5 #Is 42:1Mt 3:17|NoBook| 17:5Mk 1:11|NoBook| 9:7Lk 3:22
18And we heard this voice when it came from heaven while we were with Him on the holy mountain. #Ps 2:6Mt 17:1Mk 9:2Lk 9:28 19So we have the prophetic word strongly confirmed. You will do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dismal place, #Ps 119:105 until the day dawns #Mal 4:2Rm 13:122Pt 3:18 and the morning star #Nm 24:17Rv 22:16 rises in your hearts. 20First of all, you should know this: No prophecy of Scripture comes from one’s own interpretation, 21because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; #Jr 23:262Tm 3:16 instead, men spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. #2Sm 23:2Lk 1:70Ac 1:16|NoBook| 3:181Pt 1:11