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. New International Version (NIV). [Study questions on the text are here. ]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… 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. 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. 2 Peter 1 English Standard Version (ESV) Greeting. 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. There was a time when he had thrice denied his Master, but now he is glad to call himself “a servant of Jesus Christ.” Peter would die, but he believed the Scriptures would live on—and his last recorded words urge us to remember them. Looking for a fundamental understanding of the Bible? 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. 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:. (U), 10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[a] make every effort to confirm your calling(V) and election. (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. (S) 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind,(T) forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. Yet the purpose of the two letters is quite different. I am writing to you who share the same precious faith we have. 1 This letter is from Simon # 1:1a Greek Simeon. "Symeon" seems to be the best-supported spelling in this place. 1 Simon Peter, a servant(A) and apostle of Jesus Christ,(B). There are striking similarities between the two books. The nearness of death makes the apostle diligent in the business of life. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness # 1:1b Or to you in the righteousness. 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. 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. 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. Greeting. Yet the purpose of the two letters is quite different. Sign up here! [1] It is the real or genuine knowledge, founded upon the word of God, not the knowledge that is falsely so-called. The Power of God’s Promise. It is the … 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. 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. 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. #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 body is but a tabernacle, or tent, of the soul. The exact correspondence should be noticed. 2 Peter 1:2, KJV: "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord," 1 Peter 1:1).. (AO) 20 Above all, you must understand(AP) that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge," Greetings from Peter. 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:. (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. 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, See How They All Connect. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. 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. (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. Exhortation to Christian Virtue. (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. 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. 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. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. Try to detain the licentious, one smile is stronger with him than all reason. 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. 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). 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. 2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. He speaks of the power of God, what it can do for us, and what it helps us to do for God.. 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). 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. The Holy Ghost inspired holy men to speak and write. This lesson in Peter’s second epistle looks at what Peter says immediately after his greeting. 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. 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