Grace and peace to you many times over as you deepen in your experience with God and Jesus, our Master. Greetings from Peter. Peter’s second epistle was written about A.D. 66, shortly after his first epistle (see 2 Pet. Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ. This passage is structured like a sandwich, two pieces of bread with meat in between. 1 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:. The keynote of this whole epistle is knowledge (2 Peter 1:2,3,5,6,8; 2 Peter 2:20,21; and 2 Peter 3:18); but it is a very special kind of knowledge which is meant.The Greek word is [@epignosis], that is, precise and correct knowledge. The exact correspondence should be noticed. To patience we must add godliness: this includes the holy affections and dispositions found in the true worshipper of God; with tender affection to all fellow Christians, who are children of the same Father, servants of the same Master, members of the same family, travellers to the same country, heirs of the same inheritance. It is the sight of Jesus crucified, in the gospel, that heals the soul. The writer of the Second Epistle, if not St. Peter himself, must have been attempting to imitate of set purpose the opening salutation of the First Epistle. This is the way to spread the knowledge of the Lord; and by the written word, they are enabled to do this.16-21 The gospel is no weak thing, but comes in power, #Ro 1:16|. 2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. #3:1-7|, and by showing why the great day of Christ's coming was delayed, with a description of its awful circumstances and consequences; and suitable exhortations to diligence and holiness are given.Exhortations to add the exercise of various other graces to faith (1-11) The apostle looks forward to his approaching decease. The law sets before us our wretched state by sin, but there it leaves us. Nothing can so give composure in the prospect, or in the hour, of death, as to know that we have faithfully and simply followed the Lord Jesus, and sought his glory. The body is but a tabernacle, or tent, of the soul. 2 Peter 1:4 - Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.. 2 Peter 1:20-21 - Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. According to the Epistle itself, it was composed by the Apostle Peter, an eyewitness to Jesus' ministry. This lesson in Peter’s second epistle looks at what Peter says immediately after his greeting. Peter would die, but he believed the Scriptures would live on—and his last recorded words urge us to remember them. 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. Tribulation worketh patience, whereby we bear all calamities and crosses with silence and submission. New International Version (NIV). 2 Peter 1:5, NASB: "Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge," 2 Peter 1:5, NLT: "In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God's promises. There was a time when he had thrice denied his Master, but now he is glad to call himself “a servant of Jesus Christ.” The Holy Ghost inspired holy men to speak and write. 1:13–14). God is well pleased with Christ, and with us in him. The Power of God’s Promise. 19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 1 Peter was written to encourage Christians under the threat of violent persecution; 2 Peter was written to warn those same believers of the danger of false teachers and harmful influences. Offer to stay a furious man from anger by arguments, he has not patience to hear them. He so assisted and directed them in delivering what they had received from him, that they clearly expressed what they made known. How firm and sure should our faith be, who have such a firm and sure word to rest upon! 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. (Confirming One’s Calling and Election. 2 Peter Images and Notes. It is the … 2 Peter 1:16-21 EXEGESIS: THE BROADER CONTEXT: This book began by ascribing authorship to “Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ” (1:1)—and the author claiming to be an eyewitness to Christ’s majesty, by which he meant Jesus’ Transfiguration (1:16-19). Try to dissuade the covetous worlding from his greediness, one ounce of gold weighs down all reasons. 2 Peter 2:11 Many manuscripts beings in the presence of; 2 Peter 2:13 Some manuscripts in their love feasts; 2 Peter 2:15 Greek Bosor; 2 Peter 2:22 Prov. 13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; 14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. If 2 Peter 3:1 alludes to 1 Peter, the audience of the epistle is the various Churches in Asia Minor in general (cf. 16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 26:11 They are urged to this from the wickedness of false teachers. 2 Peter 1 1-2 I, Simon Peter, am a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. (U), 10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[a] make every effort to confirm your calling(V) and election. Verse 1. NIV, Quest Study Bible, Comfort Print: The Only Q and A Study Bible, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Romans, Comfort Print, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Luke, Comfort Print, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Acts, Comfort Print. The truth and reality of the gospel also are foretold by the prophets and penmenof the Old Testament, who spake and wrote under influence, and according to the direction of the Spirit of God. The law sets before us our wretched state by sin, but there it leaves us. II. 2 Peter 1:2, ESV: "May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord." We must add temperance to knowledge; moderation about worldly things; and add to temperance, patience, or cheerful submission to the will of God. But the apostle’s words are just as relevant to believers today as they were to his original readers. (AH) 17 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.”[b](AI) 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. Yet the purpose of the two letters is quite different. Amplified: SIMON PETER… To those who through the righteousness(C) of our God and Savior Jesus Christ(D) have received a faith as precious as ours: 2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance(E) through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. The Christian knows that book to be the word of God, in which he tastes a sweetness, and feels a power, and sees a glory, truly divine. The nearness of death makes the apostle diligent in the business of life. (AJ), 19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable,(AK) and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light(AL) shining in a dark place, until the day dawns(AM) and the morning star(AN) rises in your hearts. Peter reminds us that, as the people of God, we are called to a life of holiness and hope. 2 Peter 1:1. 1 Simon Peter, a servant(A) and apostle of Jesus Christ,(B). It criticizes "false teachers" who distort the authentic, apostolic tradition, and predicts judgment for them. (L), 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;(M) 6 and to knowledge, self-control;(N) and to self-control, perseverance;(O) and to perseverance, godliness;(P) 7 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 beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;" Because of … The believer must add knowledge to his virtue, increasing acquaintance with the whole truth and will of God. Confirm Your Calling and Election. Faith worketh godliness, and produces effects which no other grace in the soul can do. 2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises,(J) so that through them you may participate in the divine nature,(K) having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 2 Peter 1:2, NIV: "Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord." So that the Scriptures are to be accounted the words of the Holy Ghost, and all the plainness and simplicity, all the power and all the propriety of the words and expressions, come from God. This epistle clearly is connected with the former epistle of Peter. But come with the gospel, and urge them with the precious blood of Jesus Christ, shed to save their souls from hell, and to satisfy for their sins, and this is that powerful pleading which makes good men confess that their hearts burn within them, and bad men, even an Agrippa, to say they are almost persuaded to be Christians, #Ac 26:28|. I write this to you whose experience with God is as life-changing as ours, all due to our God’s straight dealing and the intervention of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Commentary on 2 Peter 1:16-21 (Read 2 Peter 1:16-21) The gospel is no weak thing, but comes in power, Romans 1:16. The letters of 1 & 2 Peter were written in the first century to encourage believers in their faith. The same form of the name is found in Luke 2:25 and Acts 13:1; it also occurs in Acts 15:14, where St. James refers to St. Peter's speech on the great question of the circumcision of Gentile Christians.It is the form always used in the Septuagint Version of the Old Testament. They are guarded against impostors and scoffers, by disproving their false assertions, ch. Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, Peter was pleased to be able to write those words. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge," When the light of the Scripture is darted into the blind mind and dark understanding, by the Holy Spirit of God, it is like the day-break that advances, and diffuses itself through the whole soul, till it makes perfect day. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (Q) 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive(R) in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. See 2 Peter 1:10b-11 (printed below) His divine power has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness by the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and virtue (2 Peter 1:3) Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to authenticate your calling and election; for by doing these things you will never be lost. In Christ all fulness dwells, and pardon, peace, grace, and knowledge, and new principles, are thus given through the Holy Spirit. "Symeon" seems to be the best-supported spelling in this place. CHAPTER 1. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness # 1:1b Or to you in the righteousness. Try to detain the licentious, one smile is stronger with him than all reason. Looking for a fundamental understanding of the Bible? All rights reserved worldwide. 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. 1 Peter was written to encourage Christians under the threat of violent persecution; 2 Peter was written to warn those same believers of the danger of false teachers and harmful influences. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory(AB) as long as I live in the tent of this body,(AC) 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside,(AD) as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. (AE) 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure(AF) you will always be able to remember these things. 1 Simeon [] Peter, a servant [] and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:. Peter had said in a previous letter that “the word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Pe 1:25). Greeting. Those who fear the Lord, talk of his loving-kindness. See How They All Connect. (F), 3 His divine power(G) has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him(H) who called us(I) by his own glory and goodness. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. 2 Peter 1:2, KJV: "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord," - Simon Peter. There are striking similarities between the two books. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 2 Peter 1 King James Version (KJV) 1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do … NIV, Storyline Bible, Comfort Print: Each Story Plays a Part. 12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. 1 Simeon 1 Peter, a servant 2 and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a a faith of equal standing with ours b by the righteousness of our c God and Savior Jesus Christ: 2 d May grace and peace be multiplied to you e in the knowledge of God and … 2 Peter 2:10 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit; also in verse 18. Watch our overview video on 2 Peter, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Peter especially esteems Paul’s letters—even regarding them as Scripture themselves (2 Pe 3:15–16). 1 * Symeon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of equal value to ours through the righteousness of our God and savior Jesus Christ: 2 may grace and peace be yours in abundance through knowledge * of God and of Jesus our Lord. CHAPTER 1. 1 Peter 1:1).. 16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power,(AG) but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He speaks of the power of God, what it can do for us, and what it helps us to do for God.. (16-21)1-11 Faith unites the weak believer to Christ, as really as it does the strong one, and purifies the heart of one as truly as of another; and every sincere believer is by his faith justified in the sight of God. Exhortation to Christian Virtue. 2Pe 1:5 - But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior. 2 Peter 1 English Standard Version (ESV) Greeting. We are studying 2 Peter 1:1-15 for Sunday, November 24: the opening greeting and words from Peter (or, the Author) to the unspecified churches who would have received this “general” letter. 1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. [1] It is the real or genuine knowledge, founded upon the word of God, not the knowledge that is falsely so-called. [Study questions on the text are here. As the Scripture is the revelation of the mind and will of God, every man ought to search it, to understand the sense and meaning. ]Here are my notes on this text: BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT: The book is titled 2 Peter, so we might think the text is written by the same Peter who wrote 1 Peter… The apostle having stated the blessings to which God has called Christians, exhorts those who had received these precious gifts, to endeavour to improve in graces and virtues. 12 So I will always remind you of these things,(Z) even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth(AA) you now have. 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Yet the purpose of the two letters is quite different. This is the Messiah who was promised, through whom all who believe in him shall be accepted and saved. Second Peter is the swan song of Peter, just as 2 Timothy is the swan song of Paul. (S) 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind,(T) forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. 1. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God(AQ) as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.(AR). (12-15) And confirms the truth of the gospel, relating to Christ's appearing to judgment. Through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord; rather, in the knowledge. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective … Those who are diligent in the work of religion, shall have a triumphant entrance into that everlasting kingdom where Christ reigns, and they shall reign with him for ever and ever; and it is in the practice of every good work that we are to expect entrance to heaven.12-15 We must be established in the belief of the truth, that we may not be shaken by every wind of doctrine; and especially in the truth necessary for us to know in our day, what belongs to our peace, and what is opposed in our time. 2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ,: (NASB: Lockman) Greek: Simoeon Petros doulos kai apostolos Iesou Ch ristou toi s isotimon hemin lachousin pistin en dikaiosune tou Theou hemon kai soteros Iesou Ch ristou. I am writing to you who share the same precious faith we have. Wherefore let Christians labour to attain assurance of their calling, and of their election, by believing and well-doing; and thus carefully to endeavour, is a firm argument of the grace and mercy of God, upholding them so that they shall not utterly fall. Christian Growth —2nd Peter 1:1-11. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Mix faith with what you find in the Scriptures, and esteem and reverence the Bible as a book written by holy men, taught by the Holy Ghost.Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710. 2 Peter 1. I pray that … It is a mean and movable dwelling. For if you do these things, you will never stumble,(W) 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom(X) of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.(Y). 1 This letter is from Simon # 1:1a Greek Simeon. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. And the prophecies already fulfilled in the person and salvation of Christ, and in the great concerns of the church and the world, form an unanswerable proof of the truth of Christianity. Sign up here! PETER'S SECOND LETTER. simple one: pursue spiritual maturity through the Word of God as a remedy for false teaching and a right response to heretics in light of Christ’s promised second coming (2 Peter 1:3 The Book of 2 Peter. 15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. The promises to those who are partakers of a Divine nature, will cause us to inquire whether we are really renewed in the spirit of our minds; let us turn all these promises into prayers for the transforming and purifying grace of the Holy Spirit. Verse 1. Heavenly Father, thank You that in Christ I have all that I need for life and godliness. 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