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2 Peter 1

1 - Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained a like precious faith with us in the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:

2 - Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,

3 - seeing that his divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and virtue;

4 - by which he has granted to us his precious and exceedingly great promises; that through these you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust.

5 - Yes, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence; and in moral excellence, knowledge;

6 - and in knowledge, self-control; and in self-control perseverance; and in perseverance godliness;

7 - and in godliness brotherly affection; and in brotherly affection, love.

8 - For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9 - For he who lacks these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins.

10 - Therefore, brothers, be more diligent to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never stumble.

11 - For thus you will be richly supplied with the entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

12 - Therefore I will not be negligent to remind you of these things, though you know them, and are established in the present truth.

13 - I think it right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you;

14 - knowing that the putting off of my tent comes swiftly, even as our Lord JesusChrist made clear to me.

15 - Yes, I will make every effort that you may always be able to remember these things even after my departure.

16 - For we did not follow cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

17 - For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35

18 - We heard this voice come out of heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.

19 - We have the more sure word of prophecy; and you do well that you heed it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns, and the morning star arises in your hearts:

20 - knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of private interpretation.

21 - For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke, being moved by the Holy Spirit.

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The Book of 2 Peter

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. 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.

2 Peter 3:9-10 - The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

2 Peter in The New Testament - A Brief Overview

Icon of St. James the Just
Statue of Peter by Michelangelo

Introduction to The Book of 2 Peter

Brief Summary. Peter wrote to warn Christians aware of the false teachers who were spreading destructive doctrines among the churches. He also encourages his Christian readers to grow in Christian character (1 Peter 1:5-15; 3:18). He also encourages his readers to be patient as they wait for the Lord's return (1 Peter 3:1-14).

Summary of The Book of 2 Peter

Author. The writer of this epistle identifies himself in 2 Peter 1:1 as Simon Peter. He indicates that he was present at the transfiguration (2 Peter 1:16-18). He further suggests an awareness of the prediction which Christ made to him (2 Peter 1:12-14 compare with John 21:13, 19). Although the authorship of this book has been questioned, most scholars believe it is from Peter himself. The writer is a devoted believer who appears to be sincere, and not the sort of person who would blatantly deceive his readers.

Date. Peter wrote this epistle sometime before his death under the persecution of the Emperor Nero which happened in 64 AD. Peter may have written this epistle in 67 AD.

Outline of the Book of 2 Peter

Developing Faith - Chapter 1
Denouncing False Teachers - Chapter 2
Key to Future Grace - Chapter 3

Jesus written in Hebrew
The Name Jesus In Ancient Hebrew Text
"Yeshua" in First Century Hebrew Text. This is how the name "Jesus" would have been written in ancient Hebrew documents. The four letters or consonants from right to left are Yod, Shin, Vav, Ayin (Y, SH, OO, A). Jesus is the Greek name for the Hebrew name Joshua or Y'shua which means "The LORD or Yahweh is Salvation".

2 Peter Maps and Resources

Map of the Roman Empire (14 A.D.) - This map reveals the Roman Empire during the time shortly after the birth of Jesus, in 14 AD at the time of the death of Augustus. The order which prevailed in this extensive empire, the good military roads, and the use of Koine Greek as the general language of culture throughout the area were among the factors which multiplied the rapid spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Color Map)

Map of Paul's First Missionary Journey (48 A.D.) - This map reveals the areas in Asia Minor where Paul visited in his first missionary journey. Around 48 AD, in the springtime, Paul and his companions Barnabas and Mark were sent on a mission from the church in Antioch. This would be the first of Paul's Missionary Journey's. (Color Map)

Map of Paul's Second Missionary Journey (51 A.D.) - This map reveals the areas in Asia and Greece where Paul visited in his second missionary journey. Paul re-visits a couple cities in Asia, one of which was Lystra where he was stoned and left for dead a few years earlier. He later has a vision that leads him over to Greece and Paul and his companions travel and minister in various cities in Greece (Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, Athens and Corinth. Later Paul returns to Ephesus and finally to Caesarea and Antioch. (Color Map)

Map of Paul's Third Missionary Journey (54 A.D.) - This map reveals the areas in Asia and Greece where Paul visited in his third missionary journey. On Paul's third missionary journey he returned to the cities he had first visited on his first missionary journey. During this time he decided to remain in Ephesus for about 3 years, and this city was the main focus of his activities and an important Christian community (Acts 19). (Color Map)

Map of the New Testament World - This map reveals the "Nations" within the ancient world during the first century A.D., the time of the New Testament. The map includes the areas of Israel, Asia, Greece, and Italy. (Color Map)

Map of New Testament Greece This map reveals the cities within Greece in the ancient world during the first century A.D.,The map includes the principal cities of Greece like: Athens, Corinth, and Thessalonica, and provinces like Macedonia and Achaia. (Color Map)

Map of New Testament Asia - This map shows the cities within Asia Minor during the first century A.D., the time of the New Testament. The map includes the principal cities of Asia including Tarsus, Ephesus, and Colossae, and provinces like Galatia and Pamphilia. (Color Map)