2 Peter 1 (NLT)
Greetings from Peter
1 This letter is from Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ.
I am writing to you who share the same precious faith we have. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior.
2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.
Growing in Faith
3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence (aratae). 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.
10 So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. 11 Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Paying Attention to Scripture
12 Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught. 13 And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live. 14 For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life, 15 so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone.
16 For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes 17 when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” 18 We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.
19 Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.
What more could He give?
Oh how He loves you and me. Oh how He loves you and me.
He gave His life, what more could He give. Oh how He loves you. Oh how He loves me.
Oh how He loves you and me. – Kurt Kaiser
“The LORD shall reign forever and ever.”
- Applying what God is already supplying
1 Corinthians 8:6
yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we exist. And there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we exist.
Philippians 4:19 (KJV)
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ
Col. 2:10 (MSG)
Everything of God gets expressed in him (Jesus), so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything.
Acts 16:14 (MSG)
On the Sabbath, we left the city and went down along the river where we had heard there was to be a prayer meeting. We took our place with the women who had gathered there and talked with them. One woman, Lydia, was from Thyatira and a dealer in expensive textiles, known to be a God-fearing woman. As she listened with intensity to what was being said, the Master gave her a trusting heart—and she believed!
For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
2 Peter 1:5-8 King James Version
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
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.
John 3:16New Living Translation (NLT)
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus paid it all, all to thee I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
Jesus washed it white as snow – Elvina Hall
- Miraculous Motivation
1 Peter 2:9New Living Translation (NLT)
for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights
2 Corinthians 5:15 New Living Translation
He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.
Can You Add to Your Faith?
2 Peter 1:5 Living Bible
But to obtain these gifts, you need more than faith; you must also work hard to be good, and even that is not enough. For then you must learn to know God better and discover what he wants you to do.
- TO YOUR FAITH, A RICH SUPPLY MORAL EXCELLENCE.
- TO YOUR MORAL EXCELLENCE, A RICH SUPPLY KNOWLEDGE.
- TO YOUR KNOWLEDGE, A RICH SUPPLY SELF-CONTROL.
- TO YOUR SELF-CONTROL, A RICH SUPPLY PATIENCE.
- TO YOUR PATIENCE, A RICH SUPPLY GODLINESS.
- TO YOUR GODLINESS, A RICH SUPPLY KINDNESS.
- TO YOUR KINDNESS, A RICH SUPPLY LOVE.
God gave you everything you need
God gave you everything he had
- What has God given you? ___________________________
- What does he want from you? _______________________________