Main point summary
God's Promises Are Sure: By Growing In Holiness Through Them, Confirm That You Are His.
2 Peter 1
2 Peter 1:3-21
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him f who called us to 1 his own glory and excellence, 2
by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises,
so that through them you may become g partakers of the divine nature,
h having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith i with virtue, 1
and virtue j with knowledge,
and knowledge with self-control,
and self-control k with steadfastness,
and steadfastness with godliness,
and godliness l with brotherly affection,
and brotherly affection m with love.
For if these qualities 1 are yours and are increasing,
they keep you from being ineffective or n unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he o is blind,
having forgotten that he was p cleansed from his former sins.
Therefore, brothers, 1 be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and q election,
for if you practice these qualities
r you will never fall.
For in this way there will be richly provided for you s an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Therefore I intend t always to remind you of these qualities,
though you know them
and are established in u the truth that you have.
as long as I am in this body,
I think it right,
w to stir you up by way of reminder,
x since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon,
y as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me.
And I will make every effort
so that after my departure
you may be able at any time to recall these things.
For we did not follow z cleverly devised a myths
when we made known to you b the power and c coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but d we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For when he received honor and glory from God the Father,
and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory,
e “This is my beloved Son, 1
with whom I am well pleased,”
we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven,
for we were with him on f the holy mountain.
And g we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed,
to which you will do well to pay attention
h as to a lamp shining in a dark place,
until i the day j dawns
and the morning star rises in your hearts,
knowing this first of all,
that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.
For k no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man,
but men spoke from God l as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
In God's immeasurably valuable promises, he has given us everything needed for sanctification.
Therefore, through these promises we must make every effort to grow in that sanctification for the sake of our fruitfulness in Christ.
Therefore, through growing in these qualities, we must rigorously confirm that we have been called and chosen by God; through this we'll gain an abundant, assured entrance into Christ's Kingdom.
Because of these things, Peter, knowing that he won't be with his disciples much longer, is devoted to continually remind them of these qualities so that they'll always be able to remember them.
Because he knows that the basis of these qualities and the promises that produce them is well founded through his eye witness experience of Jesus' glory, and also through the Scriptures, which are even more reliable.