Key Verse | 2 Peter 1:3-4

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

Scripture | 2 Peter 1


Greeting

Simeon 1 1:1 Some manuscripts Simon Peter, a servant 2 1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Confirm Your Calling and Election

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to 3 1:3 Or by his own glory and excellence, 4 1:3 Or virtue by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, 5 1:5 Or excellence; twice in this verse and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities 6 1:8 Greek these things; also verses 9, 10, 12 are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, 7 1:10 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated brothers) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

12 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body, 8 1:13 Greek tent; also verse 14 to stir you up by way of reminder, 14 since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.

Christ's Glory and the Prophetic Word

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, 9 1:17 Or my Son, my (or the) Beloved with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Footnotes

[1] 1:1 Some manuscripts Simon
[2] 1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
[3] 1:3 Or by
[4] 1:3 Or virtue
[5] 1:5 Or excellence; twice in this verse
[6] 1:8 Greek these things; also verses 9, 10, 12
[7] 1:10 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters
[8] 1:13 Greek tent; also verse 14
[9] 1:17 Or my Son, my (or the) Beloved

In Jesus, We Have Everything We Need to Live a Life of Godliness



Devo | 2 Peter 1

The words spiritual growth and spiritual maturity are words I heard often growing up without really understanding what they meant. I wasn't sure what it looked like to grow in my faith, what marked...

The words spiritual growth and spiritual maturity are words I heard often growing up without really understanding what they meant. I wasn't sure what it looked like to grow in my faith, what marked a life of spiritual maturity, or even why I should want to grow in my faith, if I've already been saved. 

In Jesus' promise of eternal life, we escape our sin and the corruption of the world. What an awesome promise! But it doesn't end there. Once we've been justified (when we trust in Christ), the call is to live a life marked by the Spirit, growing ever more Christlike (Galatians 6:8). This is a big Christian word called "sanctification" that simply means "becoming more like Christ." The point of sanctification, then, is to be transformed daily to live a life that reflects Jesus' work in our lives, not so that we may boast, but so that we may bring Him glory. We do this by working with God. Only his Spirit can bring about sanctification, but spiritual disciplines require effort on our part as well! It sounds daunting, but spoiler alert: we have everything that we need in Him.

So what does this actually look like? First, Peter lists seven qualities in this chapter (2 Peter 1:5-7) that are helpful indicators of the status of our hearts. The purpose of this life is simply to love God and love others (Matthew 22:37-40), and the qualities Peter lists are characteristics of someone who loves God and others well. We don't do these things to be saved (Ephesians 2:8-9); but we grow in them out of the love Christ has already extended us. Second, these qualities remind us to be aware of the grace and forgiveness extended to us in Christ's death and resurrection. Rather than forgetting the significance of our salvation, we can wake up daily, surrender our lives to Christ, and live from a place of grace as children of God (1 John 3:1). Finally, the Spirit informs our hearts with wisdom and truth, and that helps us to love those around us well. 

Amazing!

Discussion Questions

1. Which of the seven qualities Peter lists in 2 Peter 1:5-7) is most apparent in your life? Which one needs cultivating? 

2. When was the last time you thought about the incredible, amazing act of salvation and being cleansed from your sins? Sit with the Lord this morning and thank Him for saving you!

Meet Morgan Blackwell

Howdy y'all! If we haven't met, I'm Morgan! I've been at Watermark since 2018 when I moved from sunny San Diego to also sunny, but not-by-the-beach Dallas. You can catch me hanging with my Wake girls, serving at Women's Bible Study, or on a long run around the lake. I love SMU football, a good cup of coffee, and swimming in Lake Tahoe. I'm so glad you popped in to Join The Journey today!

11 Comments available

Hugh Stephenson 4 months ago

GM Morgan! Thanks for serving in Wake and WBS. What great ministries.

Q1. I know that faith must happened before any of the others can - so that’s the one that gets my focus. Or a Nathan Wagnon used to say, “Who is Jesus and what is He doing up there on that cross?”

Q2. Gratefulness prayers have become part of my morning routine. They jump start my day.

A favorite quote from Bobby Crotty:

“Life is hard. But it’s even harder when you’re stupid.”

Today I am centered on one word; in verse 4 the word “escaped”.

The meaning in Greek is very simple, either “escape” or “flee”. In either case the active tense of the verb indicates a conscious choice to run away from captivity, prison, or enslavement…“being stupid”. I like how Hebrews phrases it; “the sin that so easily entangles…”.

Hugh Stephenson 4 months ago

Like everyone else, I have it. No longer a slave to sin but still subject to it. But it’s still there. A thorn in my flesh? Seems so.

Why do I like the term “escape”?

In preparing for a recent testimony the Lord gave me this clear vision:

I choose the entanglement & imprisonment that is my sin, idols, rebellion and addictions.

I CHOOSE to don prison garb, pick up the chains lock them. Then I am given the key.

I walk into my jail cell & close the door. I note this cell only unlocks from the inside. I walk over the corner and sit on the floor. I hold the key in my outstretched hand.

Anytime I choose, I am free to get up, unlock the chains, walk over to the door, unlock it, and walk out

But I don’t.

Hugh Stephenson 4 months ago

Jesus stands outside the door. His look is one of pure compassion.

Here I sit.

Decades pass.

There He waits.

Offering to me to be one of the “partakers of the divine nature…”.

Then the revelation; only seeing Jesus for who He really is will enable me to “escape”, “Matthew 16:15.

Only coming to the end of myself will I see the Father come running, (Luke 15:16).

December 1, 2012.

Having given myself the sentence of life imprisonment I finally get sick and tired of being sick and tired.

My Luke 15 moment has come.

I surrender to him. My eyes open and faith rushes in.

I stand up, unlock the chains and shackles, step forward, unlock the door and walk out.

There He waits.

My Shepherd picks me up and carries me back to the 99.

Michael Scaman 4 months ago

Peter magnified the rightousness of our God and savior and then says how we have all things needed for rightousness and godliness.

God’s righteousness should rub off on us and worked into our lives and desires as part of sanctification

Gabriel Adel 4 months ago

Great Sharing Morgan! Loved key verses and Liked 2 Peter: 1:3-4 “In Jesus, We Have Everything We Need to Live a Life of Godliness” I am reminded that purchasing all of what Peter asked us to purse, is not what we do to be saved, but what we do because we are saved. It’s also what we do increasing measure daily as an evident of our spiritual growth, evident of our salvation and relationship with Christ! Thanks again for a great sharing and a great reminder of our saltation!

Jermaine Harrison 4 months ago

Thanks for sharing Morgan! This chapter is such an encouraging one for Christians. First, Peter talks about people who would read this letter as having a precious faith (NIV), which is such a refreshing way to look at it. Next, he outlines how we are to grow in godliness, with and by the full support and strength of the Spirit. Then lastly, he very personally describes why his faith in Jesus is real.

A great reminder today!

Michael Scaman 4 months ago

We are supposed to pursue assurance of salvation. “make your election sure”

Sue Bohlin 4 months ago

(1/2) Thanks so much, Morgan!

What a great teaching from Peter on how important it is to do our part in pursuing spiritual growth and not coast . . . or presume “let go and let God” as if He does everything and we just sit back passively. I especially loved the promise to faithful, diligent believers that “the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.”

So I found Wiersbe’s commentary on this verse:

Sue Bohlin 4 months ago

(2/2) The growing Christian can look forward to “an abundant entrance” into the eternal kingdom! The Greeks used this phrase to describe the welcome given Olympic winners when they returned home. Every believer will arrive in heaven, but some will have a more glorious welcome than others. Alas, some believers “shall be saved, yet so as by fire” (1 Cor. 3:15).

The word ministered (“richly provided” ESV) in 2 Peter 1:11 is the same as the word add in 2 Peter 1:5, and is the translation of a Greek word that means “to bear the expenses of a chorus.” When the Greek theatrical groups presented their dramas, somebody had to underwrite the expenses, which were very great. The word came to mean “to make lavish provision.” If we make lavish provision to grow spiritually (2 Peter 1:5), then God will make lavish provision for us when we enter heaven!

CHRISTOPHER LANDRY 4 months ago

What a great chapter! The verses (1 Peter 1:5-7) that you draw attention to were such a draw for my heart, too.

Some versions say “excellence” instead of “virtue” which is a nice way to read it, too.

Lastly, as I re-read it, I’m using the filter of patience and kindness. This passage ends with “love” and I just heard that patience and kindness are the two pillars supporting love. Most every other attribute found in 1 Corinthians 13 will branch from these two.

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with excellence, and excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with LOVE.

Linda Green 4 months ago

Great key verse! At a time when I felt bereft, this verse was my strength and comfort and still is. Everything we need in Jesus!

Am grieving over a friend’s believing son planning to marry after beginning in adultery. Love seems so right, but Peter wisely gives safeguards before love in 2 Peter 1:5-7.

He reminds me to add to faith virtue (purity), knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection and then love. Otherwise I am buying the world’s view, and that kind of “love” will break me.

Paraphrasing what Augustine of Hippo said: we cannot break God’s law- we can only break ourselves upon it.

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