Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.
For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.
We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
In this 2nd Letter, Peter reminds the believers again of what God has given all who believe on Christ Jesus, and that we have everything we need to continue our walk in faith.
Whenever I read this chapter, particularly verses 5-7 I use it as a ‘measuring rod’ of where I am. It’s good to examine our hearts often and see where our growth is, but especially the areas we’re still weak so we can pray for His strength in those things. Some days I feel like I have the perseverance down pretty well, but not self control. Other days I might handle the self control issue a little better, but the godliness could use a whole lot more work. It’s not fun to see where we fall short, but it is encouraging to see that we have grown in these qualities compared to where we were when our faith was new. And as Peter reminds, it is good to remember these things often.
One of the best parts of this chapter is that Peter doesn’t just tell of Jesus’s coming, but confirms everything they have taught because they were eyewitnesses. It’s easy to tell about something that happened, only to have people scoff, but when one personally witnesses these things, it confirms the truth of all that happened. This is what separates Christianity from all other beliefs. None of the disciples would be convincing if they were lying about seeing all the Lord had done and said.
He also encourages the believers of the validity of the prophecies concerning the Lord’s return because Jesus Himself told them, and what more reliable source could there be than God? And what better source of light for them, and us, when so much of this world is darkening. This is such an amazing and encouraging letter and I am grateful for the hope these verses give even after about 2000 years.
Have a blessed day all!