Bible: 2 Pet 1-3

Salutation

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 

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