2 Peter Ch 1 V 1-21

1Simon 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: 2Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 3His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For 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. 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. 10Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 12So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things. 16We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17For 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.” 18We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 19And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, 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. 20Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

.  Simon Peter, through God, is writing to all the believers who have accepted Jesus: May grace and peace come to us through knowing God. God has already created everything necessary for us to live, and that by accepting Him we will show His love through our actions and words. Through following God and living for Him, we will be able to escape the sinful desires this world has to offer.

.   To be able to fight the sinful desires of the world, we need to continue growing in the qualities that define us as believers: faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. If we are able to possess all these qualities and grow stronger in them daily, we will continue to better utilize our knowledge of the Lord when spreading the Gospel. If we believers do not have this quality, then we have already forgotten why Jesus came down to die on the cross for us. We should be eager to our calling, and if we strive to achieve all of these qualities, God says we will never fail in our tasks and when we will have a great welcome into heaven.

.  Even though we already know God’s commands and are firm in our belief, He will continue to remind us throughout our lives, as Simon Peter will continue to remind us throughout his writings. It is not by following cleverly written stories, but by eye witnessing God’s miracles in front of his eyes is he able to tell us about God.

.  God also wants us to understand that none of the Bible came from the prophet’s own words, but it is through the Holy Spirit the prophets were able to write the Bible. The Bible originated from the Holy Spirit itself while using the men who wrote the Bible as vessels.

Praises:

– Thank you for this beautiful morning, and letting me wake up at 8:20! I hope everyday it can become earlier and earlier.

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