Bible: 2 Pet. 1-3
1:1 From Simeon 1 Peter, 2 a slave 3 and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who through the righteousness of our God 4 and Savior, 5 Jesus Christ, have been granted 6 a faith just as precious 7 as ours. 1:2 May grace and peace be lavished on you 8 as you grow 9 in the rich knowledge 10 of God and of Jesus our Lord! 11
Believers’ Salvation and the Work of God
1:3 I can pray this because his divine power 12 has bestowed on us everything necessary 13 for life and godliness through the rich knowledge 14 of the one who called 15 us by 16 his own glory and excellence. 1:4 Through these things 17 he has bestowed on us his precious and most magnificent promises, so that by means of what was promised 18 you may become partakers of the divine nature, 19 after escaping 20 the worldly corruption that is produced by evil desire. 21 1:5 For this very reason, 22 make every effort 23 to add to your faith excellence, 24 to excellence, knowledge; 1:6 to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; 25 to perseverance, godliness; 1:7 to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish 26 love. 27 1:8 For if 28 these things are really yours 29 and are continually increasing, 30 they will keep you from becoming 31 ineffective and unproductive in your pursuit of 32 knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more intimately. 33 1:9 But 34 concerning the one who lacks such things 35 – he is blind. That is to say, he is 36 nearsighted, since he has forgotten about the cleansing of his past sins. 1:10 Therefore, brothers and sisters, 37 make every effort to be sure of your calling and election. 38 For by doing this 39 you will never 40 stumble into sin. 41 1:11 For thus an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be richly provided for you.
Salvation Based on the Word of God
1:12 Therefore, I intend to remind you constantly 42 of these things even though you know them and are well established in the truth that you now have. 1:13 Indeed, as long as I am in this tabernacle, 43 I consider it right to stir you up by way of a reminder, 1:14 since I know that my tabernacle will soon be removed, 44 because 45 our Lord Jesus Christ revealed this to me. 46 1:15 Indeed, I will also make every effort that, after my departure, you have a testimony of these things. 47
1:16 For we did not follow cleverly concocted fables when we made known to you the power and return 48 of our Lord Jesus Christ; 49 no, 50 we were 51 eyewitnesses of his 52 grandeur. 53 1:17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father, when that 54 voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory: “This is my dear Son, in whom I am delighted.” 55 1:18 When this voice was conveyed from heaven, we ourselves 56 heard it, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 57 1:19 Moreover, 58 we 59 possess the prophetic word as an altogether reliable thing. 60 You do well if you pay attention 61 to this 62 as you would 63 to a light shining in a murky place, until the day dawns and the morning star 64 rises in your hearts. 65 1:20 Above all, you do well if you recognize 66 this: 67 No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, 68 1:21 for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men 69 carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
The False Teachers’ Ungodly Lifestyle
2:1 But false prophets arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. 70 These false teachers 71 will 72 infiltrate your midst 73 with destructive heresies, 74 even to the point of 75 denying the Master who bought them. As a result, they will bring 76 swift destruction on themselves. 2:2 And many will follow their debauched lifestyles. 77 Because of these false teachers, 78 the way of truth will be slandered. 79 2:3 And in their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. Their 80 condemnation pronounced long ago 81 is not sitting idly by; 82 their 83 destruction is not asleep.
2:4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, 84 but threw them into hell 85 and locked them up 86 in chains 87 in utter darkness, 88 to be kept until the judgment, 2:5 and if he did not spare the ancient world, but did protect Noah, a herald of righteousness, along with seven others, 89 when God 90 brought a flood on an ungodly world, 91 2:6 and if he turned to ashes the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah when he condemned them to destruction, 92 having appointed 93 them to serve as an example 94 to future generations of the ungodly, 95 2:7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man in anguish over the debauched lifestyle of lawless 96 men, 97 2:8 (for while he lived among them day after day, that righteous man was tormented in his righteous soul 98 by the lawless deeds he saw and heard 99 ) 2:9 – if so, 100 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials, 101 and to reserve the unrighteous for punishment 102 at the day of judgment, 2:10 especially those who indulge their fleshly desires 103 and who despise authority.
Brazen and insolent, 104 they are not afraid to insult 105 the glorious ones, 106 2:11 yet even 107 angels, who are much more powerful, 108 do not bring a slanderous 109 judgment against them before the Lord. 110 2:12 But 111 these men, 112 like irrational animals – creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed 113 – do not understand whom 114 they are insulting, and consequently 115 in their destruction they will be destroyed, 116 2:13 suffering harm as the wages for their harmful ways. 117 By considering it a pleasure to carouse in broad daylight, 118 they are stains and blemishes, indulging 119 in their deceitful pleasures when they feast together with you. 2:14 Their eyes, 120 full of adultery, 121 never stop sinning; 122 they entice 123 unstable people. 124 They have trained their hearts for greed, these cursed children! 125 2:15 By forsaking the right path they have gone astray, because they followed the way of Balaam son of Bosor, 126 who loved the wages of unrighteousness, 127 2:16 yet was rebuked 128 for his own transgression (a dumb donkey, 129 speaking with a human voice, 130 restrained the prophet’s madness). 131
2:17 These men 132 are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm, for whom the utter depths of darkness 133 have been reserved. 2:18 For by speaking high-sounding but empty words 134 they are able to entice, 135 with fleshly desires and with debauchery, 136 people 137 who have just escaped 138 from those who reside in error. 139 2:19 Although these false teachers promise 140 such people 141 freedom, they themselves are enslaved to 142 immorality. 143 For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved. 144 2:20 For if after they have escaped the filthy things 145 of the world through the rich knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, 146 they 147 again get entangled in them and succumb to them, 148 their last state has become worse for them than their first. 2:21 For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than, having known it, to turn back from the holy commandment that had been delivered to them. 2:22 They are illustrations of this true proverb: 149 “A dog returns to its own vomit,” 150 and “A sow, after washing herself, 151 wallows in the mire.” 152
The False Teachers’ Denial of the Lord’s Return
3:1 Dear friends, this is already the second letter I have written 153 you, in which 154 I am trying to stir up 155 your pure mind by way of reminder: 3:2 I want you to recall 156 both 157 the predictions 158 foretold by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles. 159 3:3 Above all, understand this: 160 In the last days blatant scoffers 161 will come, being propelled by their own evil urges 162 3:4 and saying, 163 “Where is his promised return? 164 For ever since 165 our ancestors 166 died, 167 all things have continued as they were 168 from the beginning of creation.” 3:5 For they deliberately suppress this fact, 169 that by the word of God 170 heavens existed long ago and an earth 171 was formed out of water and by means of water. 3:6 Through these things 172 the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water. 3:7 But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, by being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. 173
3:8 Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, 174 that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day. 3:9 The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, 175 as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because he does not wish 176 for any 177 to perish but for all to come to repentance. 178 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; when it comes, 179 the heavens will disappear 180 with a horrific noise, 181 and the celestial bodies 182 will melt away 183 in a blaze, 184 and the earth and every deed done on it 185 will be laid bare. 186 3:11 Since all these things are to melt away 187 in this manner, 188 what sort of people must we 189 be, conducting our lives in holiness and godliness, 190 3:12 while waiting for and hastening 191 the coming of the day of God? 192 Because of this day, 193 the heavens will be burned up and 194 dissolve, and the celestial bodies 195 will melt away in a blaze! 196 3:13 But, according to his promise, we are waiting for 197 new heavens and a new earth, in which 198 righteousness truly resides. 199
Exhortation to the Faithful
3:14 Therefore, dear friends, since you are waiting for 200 these things, strive to be found 201 at peace, without spot or blemish, when you come into his presence. 202 3:15 And regard the patience of our Lord as salvation, 203 just as also our dear brother Paul 204 wrote to you, 205 according to the wisdom given to him, 3:16 speaking of these things in all his letters. 206 Some things in these letters 207 are hard to understand, things 208 the ignorant and unstable twist 209 to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures. 210 3:17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, 211 be on your guard that you do not get led astray by the error of these unprincipled men 212 and fall from your firm grasp on the truth. 213 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge 214 of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the honor both now and on 215 that eternal day. 216