2 Peter 1



2 Peter 1 encourages believers to actively pursue spiritual growth, emphasizing the virtues of faith and underscoring the reliability of the message about Christ. Peter's message encourages a life of godliness and assurance of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.


  1. Introduction and Greeting (2 Peter 1:1-2): The chapter begins with an introduction and greeting, affirming that the letter is from the apostle Peter and addressing it to those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with the apostles.
  2. The Call to Spiritual Growth (2 Peter 1:3-4): Peter emphasizes that God's divine power has granted believers everything needed for life and godliness. Through knowledge of God and Christ, believers can partake in the divine nature, escaping the corruption of the world caused by sinful desires.
  3. Virtues of Faith (2 Peter 1:5-7): Peter instructs believers to supplement their faith with virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love. Cultivating these qualities ensures that believers are effective and fruitful in their knowledge of Christ.
  4. Assurance of Salvation (2 Peter 1:8-11): Peter emphasizes the importance of these virtues, stating that they keep believers from being ineffective and unfruitful. Those who possess these qualities will never fall, and they will be richly provided with an entrance into the eternal kingdom of Christ.
  5. Peter's Reminder and Witness (2 Peter 1:12-15): Peter expresses his intention to continue reminding believers of these things, knowing that his time on earth is short. He views his impending death as an opportunity to ensure that believers have a lasting remembrance of the truths he has taught them.
  6. Eyewitnesses of Christ's Glory (2 Peter 1:16-21): Peter affirms the reliability of the message about Christ, as he and others were eyewitnesses of His majesty during the Transfiguration. He stresses the trustworthiness of the prophetic Word, highlighting that prophecy comes not from human will but from the Holy Spirit.