2 Peter 1
(3-15) Confirm Your Calling and Election
We must not rest in our salvation once we have accepted Jesus the Christ as Savior. Instead, we should seek to grow and strengthen our faith. Virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love are all qualities that should be added to our faith. This keeps our faith from being ineffective or unfruitful. When we grow in the knowledge of Christ and practice Godly qualities, we will not easily stumble and fall in sin.
Peter intends to always remind fellow Christians to practice Godly qualities because he knows he will not physically be with them forever. He will soon put off his natural body and depart earth to be with God in Heaven. When he is gone, he wants Christians to be able to remember the good things he has told them to do.
(16-21) Christ’s Glory and the Prophetic Word
The Gospel accounts of the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus the Christ are not myths that the disciples devised in their minds. We can be confident that what we read about today truly happened because Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were actually there with Jesus. An eyewitness is a person who has personally seen something happen and can give a first-hand description of it. This is exactly who the disciples were. With their own eyes, they saw Jesus perform miracles, walk on water, raise people from the dead, and heal the sick. They knew that Jesus was the Christ because they heard God’s voice from Heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
The Word of God was not written based on the thoughts and wills of men, but on the Holy Spirit of God.
Favorite verse: (5) For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge.