2 Peter Chapter 1

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Introduction

THIS chapter comprises the following subjects: --

I. The usual salutations, 2 Pet 1:1, 2 Pet 1:2.

II. A statement that all the mercies which they enjoyed pertaining to life and godliness, had been conferred by the power of God, and that he had given them exceeding great and precious promises, 2 Pet 1:3, 2 Pet 1:4. It was mainly with reference to these "promises" that the epistle was written, for they had been assailed by the advocates of error, (2 Peter Chapter 2, 2 Peter Chapter 3, ) and it was important that Christians should see that they had the promise of a future life. Comp. 2 Pet 3:5ff.

III. An exhortation to abound in Christian virtues; to go on making constant attainments in knowledge, and temperance, and patience, and godliness, and brotherly kindness, and charity, 2 Pet 1:5ff.

IV. An exhortation to endeavour to make their calling and election sure, that so an entrance might be ministered unto them abundantly into the kingdom of the Redeemer, 2 Pet 1:10, 2 Pet 1:11.

V. The apostle says that he will endeavour to keep these things before their minds, 2 Pet 1:12ff. He knew well that they were then established in the truth, (2 Pet 1:12,) but he evidently felt that they were in danger of being shaken in the faith by the seductive influence of error, and he says therefore, (2 Pet 1:13,) that it was proper, as long as he remained on earth, to endeavour to excite in their minds a lively remembrance of the truths which they had believed; that the opportunity for his doing this must soon cease, as the period was approaching when he must be removed to eternity, in accordance with the prediction of the Saviour, (2 Pet 1:14,) but that he would endeavour to make so permanent a record of his views on these important subjects that they might always have them in remembrance, 2 Pet 1:15.

VI. A solemn statement that the doctrines which had been taught them, and which they had embraced, were not cunningly-devised fables, but were true, 2 Pet 1:16ff. In support of this the apostle appeals to the following things: --

(a.) The testimony to the fact that Jesus was the Son of God, which Peter had himself heard given on the mount of transfiguration, 2 Pet 1:17, 2 Pet 1:18.

(b.) Prophecy. These truths, on which he expected them to rely, had been the subject of distinct prediction, and they should be held, whatever were the plausible arguments of the false teachers, 2 Pet 1:19, 2 Pet 1:20.

The general object, therefore, of this chapter is to affirm the truth of the great facts of religion, on which their hopes were based, and thus to prepare the way to combat the errors by which these truths were assailed. He first assures them that the doctrines which they held were true, and then, in chapters 2 and 3, meets the errors by which they were assailed.

Text

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: edit

2: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, edit

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: edit

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. edit

5: And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; edit

6: And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; edit

7: And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. edit

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. edit

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. edit

10: Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: edit

11: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. edit

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. edit

13: Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; edit

14: Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. edit

15: Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. edit

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. edit

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. edit

18: And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. edit

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: edit

20: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. edit

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. edit

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