Verse 1 – Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
Verse 2 – Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
Verse 3 – as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
Many believers want an abundance of God’s grace and peace, but are unwilling to put forth the effort to get to know Him better through Bible study and prayer. How can a believer enjoy the privileges we have through Christ if we don’t know about them?
Verse 4 – by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
We don’t have the power to grow into a mature Christian on our own. That power comes from God through the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we participate in the divine nature in order to keep us from sin and help us live for Him. Knowing the Savior more and more helps us to grow in Him.
Verse 5 – But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,
Verse 6 – to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance to perseverance godliness,
Verse 7 – to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
Faith has to be much more than belief in facts; it must result in action, growth in Christian character, and the practice in moral discipline, or it will die away.
Verse 8 – For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Don’t you wish all Christians had the characteristics that Peter mentioned? Self-control being the biggest. We don’t always have to have our way. The world doesn’t revolve around us.
In other words: abound in self-control, godliness, kindness, and love, and you will be fruitful in the knowledge of Christ!
Verse 9 – For he who lacks these things is short-sighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
You cannot claim to be a Christian and still do and act the way you were before being born-again!
Verse 10 – Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;
Verse 11 – for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Did you catch that ? Peter just told us of the sure way into the everlasting kingdom. The list of what we are to add to our faith is found in verses 5-7. Faith has to be put into actions, for faith without works is “DEAD!”
Verse 12 – Therefore I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know them, and are established in the present truth.
Verse 13 – Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you,
Verse 14 – knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.
Verse 15 – Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.
Peter knew that he would soon die. Many years before, Christ had prepared Peter for the kind of death he would face in John 21:18,19. So, he recorded his teachings in order for the church to not forget what he had taught.
Verse 16 – For we did not follow cunningly devised fable when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
Verse 17 – For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Verse 18 – And we heard the voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
The transfiguration which occurred soon after these words were spoken was designed to show them what Jesus would be in His glory, and to furnish to them a demonstration which they could never forget, that He would yet set up His kingdom in the world.
Verse 19 – We also have the prophetic word made more sure, which you do well to hold as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;
Verse 20 – Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,
Verse 21 – for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Have you ever heard someone say, “The Bible can mean many things according to whom is interpreting it.” Not true. First of all, let me say this, “You will never understand what the Bible is saying unless you are filled with the Holy Spirit of God.” The Bible is foolishness to the unbelieving world.
“Men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” means that Scripture did not come from the creative work of the prophets’ own invention of interpretation. God inspired the writers, so their message is authentic and reliable. We either believe it or we don’t .