Making One's Calling And Election Sure
Simon Peter, a Servant and Apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who through the Righteousness
Of our God and Savior Jesus Christ
Have received a Faith as Precious as ours.
2 Grace and Peace be yours in abundance
Through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
3 HIS DIVINE POWER
HAS GIVEN US EVERYTHING WE NEED
FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS
THROUGH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM WHO CALLED US
BY HIS OWN GLORY AND GOODNESS.
4 THROUGH THESE HE HAS GIVEN US
HIS VERY GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES,
SO THAT THROUGH THEM
YOU MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE DIVINE NATURE
AND ESCAPE THE CORRUPTION IN THE WORLD
CAUSED BY EVIL DESIRES.
5 For this very reason,
Make every effort to add to you Faith Goodness;
And to Goodness, knowledge;
And to knowledge, Self-control;
And to Self-control Perseverance;
And to Perseverance, Godliness;
And to Godliness brotherly kindness;
And to brotherly kindness, love.
8 For if you possess these qualities in Increasing Measure,
They will keep you from being Ineffective and Unproductive
In you knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But if anyone does not have them,
HE IS NEARSIGHTED AND BLIND,
AND HAS FORGOTTEN
THAT HE HAS BEEN CLEANSED FROM HIS PAST SINS.
10 Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager
TO MAKE YOUR CALLING AND ELECTION SURE.
FOR IF YOU DO THESE THINGS,
YOU WILL NEVER FALL,
11 AND YOU WILL RECEIVE A RICH WELCOME
INTO THE ETERNAL KINGDOM
OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.
Prophecy Of Scripture
12 So I will always remind you of these things,
Even though you know them
AND ARE FIRMLY ESTABLISHED
IN THE TRUTH YOU NOW HAVE.
13 I think it is Right to Refresh your Memory
As long as I live in the Tent of this body,
14 Because I know that I will soon put it aside,
As our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.
15 And I will make every effort
To see that after my Departure
You will always be able to remember these things.
16 We did not follow Cleverly Invented Stories
When we told you about the Power,
And Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
BUT WE WERE EYEWITNESSES TO HIS MAJESTY.
17 For He received Honor and Glory from God the Father
When the Voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory,
'THIS IS MY SON, WHOM I LOVE;
WITH HIM I AM WELL PLEASED.'
18 We ourselves head this Voice
That came from Heaven
When we were with Him on the Sacred Mountain.
19 AND WE HAVE THE WORD OF THE PROPHETS
MADE MORE CERTAIN,
And you will do well to Pay Attention to it,
AS TO A LIGHT SHINING IN A DARK PLACE,
UNTIL THE MORNING STAR RISES IN YOUR HEARTS.
20 ABOVE ALL, YOU MUST UNDERSTAND
THAT NO PROPHECY OF SCRIPTURE CAME ABOUT
BY THE PROPHET'S OWN INTERPRETATION.
21 FOR PROPHECY NEVER HAD ITS ORIGIN
IN THE WILL OF MAN,
BUT MEN SPOKE FROM GOD
AS THEY WERE CARRIED ALONG BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.
(2 Peter 1)