Bible: II Pet. 1:3-11
Believers’ Salvation and the Work of God
1:3 I can pray this because his divine power 1 has bestowed on us everything necessary 2 for life and godliness through the rich knowledge 3 of the one who called 4 us by 5 his own glory and excellence. 1:4 Through these things 6 he has bestowed on us his precious and most magnificent promises, so that by means of what was promised 7 you may become partakers of the divine nature, 8 after escaping 9 the worldly corruption that is produced by evil desire. 10 1:5 For this very reason, 11 make every effort 12 to add to your faith excellence, 13 to excellence, knowledge; 1:6 to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; 14 to perseverance, godliness; 1:7 to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish 15 love. 16 1:8 For if 17 these things are really yours 18 and are continually increasing, 19 they will keep you from becoming 20 ineffective and unproductive in your pursuit of 21 knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more intimately. 22 1:9 But 23 concerning the one who lacks such things 24 – he is blind. That is to say, he is 25 nearsighted, since he has forgotten about the cleansing of his past sins. 1:10 Therefore, brothers and sisters, 26 make every effort to be sure of your calling and election. 27 For by doing this 28 you will never 29 stumble into sin. 30 1:11 For thus an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be richly provided for you.