Bible: 2 Peter 12-14
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.