2 Peter 1


1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and a apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have 1 obtained b like 2 precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

2 c Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,

Make Your Calling and Election Sure

3 as His d divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him e who called us by glory and virtue, 4 f by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be g partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the 3 corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 But also for this very reason, h giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue i knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control 4 perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and j to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither 5 barren k nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is l shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent m to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

12 For this reason n I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, o though you know and are established in the present truth. 13 Yes, I think it is right, p as long as I am in this 6 tent, q to stir you up by reminding you, 14 r knowing that shortly I must 7 put off my tent, just as s our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. 15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my 8 decease.

Christ's Glory and the Prophetic Word

16 For we did not follow t cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the u power and v coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were w eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: x "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." 18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on y the holy mountain. 19 9 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a z light that shines in a dark place, a until b the day dawns and the morning star rises in your c hearts; 20 knowing this first, that d no prophecy of Scripture is of any private 10 interpretation, 10 21 for e prophecy never came by the will of man, f but 12 holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

  1. Cross References
    Galatians 2:8
    (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles).
  2. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:5
    One Lord, one faith, one baptism.
  3. Cross References
    Daniel 4:1
    Nebuchadnezzar the king, To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you.
  4. Cross References
    1 Peter 1:5
    Who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
  5. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 2:12
    That you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
    2 Thessalonians 2:14
    To which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    1 Peter 5:10
    But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
  6. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 1:20
    For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
    2 Corinthians 7:1
    Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
  7. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 3:18
    But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
  8. Cross References
    2 Peter 3:18
    But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
  9. Cross References
    2 Peter 1:2
    Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
  10. Cross References
    Galatians 6:10
    Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
  11. Cross References
    John 15:2
    Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
  12. Cross References
    1 John 2:9 - 11
    He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.
  13. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 13:5
    Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? - unless indeed you are disqualified.
    1 John 3:19
    And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.
  14. Cross References
    Philippians 3:1
    Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.
    1 John 2:21
    I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
  15. Cross References
    1 Peter 5:12
    By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand.
  16. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 5:1
    For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
    2 Corinthians 5:4
    For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.
    2 Peter 1:14
    Knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.
  17. Cross References
    2 Peter 3:1
    Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder).
  18. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 5:1
    For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
    2 Timothy 4:6
    For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.
  19. Cross References
    John 13:36
    Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, where are You going?" Jesus answered him, "Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward.
    John 21:18
    "Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish."
    John 21:19
    This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, "Follow Me.
  20. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:17
    For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.
  21. Cross References
    Matthew 28:18
    And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
    Ephesians 1:19 - 22
    And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
  22. Cross References
    1 Peter 5:4
    And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.
  23. Cross References
    Matthew 17:1 - 5
    Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves.
    Luke 1:2
    Just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us.
  24. Cross References
    Psalms 2:7
    I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to...
    Isaiah 42:1
    Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One ...
    Matthew 17:5
    While he was still speaking, behold, a bright c...
    Mark 9:7
    And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a v...
    Luke 1:35
    And the angel answered and said to her, " The H...
    Luke 9:35
    And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "Thi...
  25. Cross References
    Matthew 17:1
    Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves.
  26. Cross References
    John 1:4
    In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
    John 1:5
    And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
    John 1:9
    That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
  27. Cross References
    Proverbs 4:18
    But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
  28. Cross References
    Revelation 2:28
    And I will give him the morning star.
    Revelation 22:16
    "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star."
  29. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 4:5 - 7
    For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake.
  30. Cross References
    Romans 12:6
    Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith.
  31. Cross References
    Jeremiah 23:26
    How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart.
    2 Timothy 3:16
    All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
  32. Cross References
    2 Samuel 23:2
    The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.
    Luke 1:70
    As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, Who have been since the world began.
    Acts 1:16
    Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.
    Acts 3:18
    But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.
    1 Peter 1:11
    Searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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