1This 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.
2May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.
Did you catch that in verse 2? We can actually get more and more grace and peace than we have already been given to by God. As we continue to grow i our knowledge of God and our relationship with Jesus Christ, the blessing that God promised continue to grow. What an amazing revelation.
Growing in Faith
3By 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.
The key here is "By his diving power" You see God really has given us everything. The love of the Father, the intercession of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins and the baptism of the Holy Spirit as our councilor and power in this world today. When we receive these gifts from God, we come to know Him and His character more deeply. No additional human wisdom is needed to complete God's perfect plan. Peter wrote this letter to combat early false teachings.
4And 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.
We have been given the privilege of sharing in God's nature by being "born again". We can fulfill the responsibility that has bee put upon us by conforming to His character and standards of holiness.
5In 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, 6and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
Peter is telling us to add to our faith. He gives us a list of positive traits that we as Christians should develop in order to spiritually victorious. and to be effective in serving God. False teachers will tell you that you don't need some of these traits, such as self control. We are reminded though, that we must make "every effort" to develop these Godly traits and be actively involved with with believers and their personal growth as Christians.
8The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.
You don't have to develop theses Godly traits in any order but you do have to continue to grow. You can't get stagnant or you will not posses what is needed to mature in your walk with God. If you are not growing, you are dying. You can not be productive to the fullest to serve God if your are apart from him or lack that knowledge that he has given you.
10So, 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.
To continue to follow Christ and grow in these disciplines will ensure your faithfulness to the very end.
11Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
You don't want to be someone that barely makes it into Heaven. Remain faithful and firm in your spiritual growth and you will be welcomed with honor.
Paying Attention to Scripture
12Therefore, 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. 13And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live. 14For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life,
Peter reminds us to stand firm in the teachings of Jesus Christ just as Jesus had to remind Peter. He reminded Peter in John 21:18-19 about how Peter would die for his faith.
15so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone.
16For 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 17when 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.” 18We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.
Peter tell us that he is going to make sure we remember these teachings through the power stories and amazing eyewitness accounts of the glory of God. He reminds us of what God told us when he presented his Son Jesus Christ and how they themselves heard God's very voice from Heaven. He makes it clear how real and how important this message is.
19Because 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.
Peter assures us that not only because of his experience but also the messages of the prophets that have been fulfilled that we need to take heed of the Scriptures. They are truly the God given. He speaks of the words until the "Day Dawns" and "Christ the Morning Star" shines in your hearts. This is God's infallible message and it is forever.
20Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, 21or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.
Once again, it is made very clear that Peter is affirming that Scripture is God given and by his authority only. The writers, even in the OT were moved by the Holy Spirit and those words produced were only of God.