Peter urges the Saints to make their calling and election sure—Prophecy comes by the power of the Holy Ghost.
1 Simon Peter, a and an of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained faith with us through the God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us things that pertain unto and , through the knowledge of him that hath called us glory and :
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious : that by these ye might be of the , having the that is in the world through .
5 And beside this, giving all , add to your faith ; and to virtue ;
6 And to knowledge ; and to temperance ; and to patience ;
7 And to godliness ; and to brotherly kindness .
8 For if these things be in you, and , they make you that ye shall neither be nor in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never :
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
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.
13 Yea, I think it , as long as I am in this , to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath me.
15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
16 For we have not followed cunningly devised , when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were of his majesty.
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 , in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy .
19 have also a more word of ; 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 arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that of the is of any private .
21 For the came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God as they were by the .