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2 Peter 1

Growth in Christian Virtue

1[a]Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Jesus Christ,

To those who have [b]received and possess [by God’s will] a precious faith of the [c]same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace and peace [that special sense of spiritual well-being] be multiplied to you in the [true, intimate] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through [d]true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises [of inexpressible value], so that by them you may escape from the immoral freedom that is in the world because of disreputable desire, and become sharers of the divine nature. For this very reason, applying your diligence [to the divine promises, make every effort] in [exercising] your faith to, [e]develop moral excellence, and in moral excellence, knowledge (insight, understanding), and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, steadfastness, and in your steadfastness, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly affection, and in your brotherly affection, [develop Christian] love [that is, learn to unselfishly seek the best for others and to do things for their benefit]. For as these qualities are yours and are increasing [in you as you grow toward spiritual maturity], they will keep you from being useless and unproductive in regard to the true knowledge and greater understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is blind—shortsighted [closing his spiritual eyes to the truth], having become oblivious to the fact that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Therefore, believers, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you [be sure that your behavior reflects and confirms your relationship with God]; for by [f]doing these things [actively developing these virtues], you will never stumble [in your spiritual growth and will live a life that leads others away from sin]; 11 for in this way entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly provided to you.

12 Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them and are established in the truth which is [g]held firmly in your grasp. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this earthly tent, to inspire you by reminding you, 14 knowing that the laying aside of this earthly tent of mine is imminent, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 Moreover, I will diligently endeavor [to see to it] that even after my departure you will be able, at all times, to call these things to mind.

Eyewitnesses

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories or myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were [h]eyewitnesses of His majesty [His grandeur, His authority, His sovereignty]. 17 For when He was invested with honor and [the radiance of the [i]Shekinah] glory from God the Father, such a voice as this came to Him from the [splendid] Majestic Glory [in the bright cloud that overshadowed Him, saying], [j]“This is My Son, My Beloved Son in whom I am well-pleased and delighted”— 18 and we [actually] heard this voice made from heaven when we were together with Him on the holy mountain.

19 So we have the prophetic word made more certain. You do well to pay [close] attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and light breaks through the gloom and the [k]morning star arises in your hearts. 20 [l]But understand this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of or comes from one’s own [personal or special] interpretation, 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Peter 1:1 Two early manuscripts read Simeon, the direct transliteration of the Hebrew. The only other place this spelling appears in the NT is in Acts 15:14.
  2. 2 Peter 1:1 From a Greek word meaning to obtain by lot, emphasizing the fact that salvation is not something gained because of personal effort, but is received as an undeserved gift because of God’s grace.
  3. 2 Peter 1:1 I.e. equal in rank, honor and privilege.
  4. 2 Peter 1:3 There is no “secret knowledge” or “better way” or alternative belief system which God has revealed to some unique group or teacher. The truth is available to everyone.
  5. 2 Peter 1:5 Lit supply.
  6. 2 Peter 1:10 I.e. developing the moral virtues outlined in vv 5-7.
  7. 2 Peter 1:12 Lit present with you.
  8. 2 Peter 1:16 A reference to the transfiguration (Matt 17:1ff).
  9. 2 Peter 1:17 The word “Shekinah” does not appear in Scripture, but has been used by both Christians and Jews to describe the visible divine Presence of God (the brilliant light of the divine), in such things as the burning bush, the cloud and the pillar of fire that led the Hebrews in the wilderness, and the Presence of God that rested between the cherubim over the mercy seat of the ark.
  10. 2 Peter 1:17 With these words God affirms the deity of Jesus and His divine essence.
  11. 2 Peter 1:19 Lit light-bringer.
  12. 2 Peter 1:20 Or For you know.

Spanish, Castilian (La Nueva Biblia al Día)

2 Peter 1

1Simón Pedro, siervo y apóstol de Jesucristo, a todos los que por la justicia de nuestro Dios y Salvador Jesucristo habéis llegado a poseer una fe como la nuestra, igualmente preciosa.

2Que la gracia y la paz de Dios os sean multiplicadas, para que crezcáis más y más en el conocimiento de Dios y de nuestro Señor Jesucristo.

Firmeza en el llamamiento “y en la elección

3Todo lo que nos es necesario para vivir de una manera verdaderamente piadosa nos ha sido otorgado por Dios, por su poder soberano y merced al conocimiento de aquel que ha querido compartir con nosotros la gloria y la excelencia que le son propias; 4juntamente con las cuales nos ha concedido sus más preciosas y grandes promesas, mediante las cuales, habiendo huido vosotros de la corrupción que en este mundo causan los malos deseos, sois hechos partícipes de la naturaleza divina.

5Por lo tanto no dejéis de esforzaros en añadir a vuestra fe la buena conducta, a la buena conducta el conocimiento de la voluntad de Dios, 6al conocimiento de la voluntad de Dios el dominio propio, al dominio propio la paciencia, a la paciencia la piedad, “ 7a la piedad el afecto fraternal, y al afecto fraternal la plenitud del amor.

8Si en todos y cada uno de vosotros están y prosperan estas virtudes, no resultará vano e infructuoso el conocimiento que ya habéis alcanzado de nuestro Señor Jesucristo. 9En cambio, el que carece de ellas es una persona corta de vista. Más aún, es como un ciego que anda a tientas, sin recordar que fue purificado de sus pecados para vivir limpiamente delante del Señor.

10Por eso, hermanos míos, procurad poner de manifiesto con vuestra vida y conducta el hecho firme de que Dios os ha elegido “y llamado. Así nunca caeréis, “ 11sino que amplia y generosamente abrirá Dios para vosotros las puertas del reino eterno de nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo.

La veracidad de la Escritura

12Por mi parte, jamás dejaré de recordaros estas cosas, aun cuando vosotros ya las sepáis y permanezcáis firmes en la verdad que profesáis. 13-1A ese respecto me parece oportuno mantener despierta vuestra memoria, porque nuestro Señor Jesucristo me ha revelado que mis días en este mundo están contados y que pronto tendré que abandonarlo. Pero mientras viva en mi cuerpo actual, quiero retener vuestra atención, 15con la esperanza de que se os grabe en la mente lo que estoy diciendo y no lo olvidéis ni aun pasado mucho tiempo después de mi partida.

16No penséis que las cosas que os hemos contado acerca del poder de nuestro Señor Jesucristo y de su presencia son meras fábulas ingeniosamente construidas. De ninguna manera, sino que nosotros, con nuestros propios ojos, contemplamos su majestad 17-1allá en el monte santo, cuando resplandeció con la honra y la gloria que recibió de Dios Padre. Y oímos entonces aquella voz gloriosa, impresionante, que venía del cielo y decía: “Este es mi Hijo amado: en él me complazco”.

19De ese modo se nos confirmó el mensaje profético, al que vosotros haréis bien en prestar la mayor atención, porque las profecías son como lámparas que están encendidas en medio de la oscuridad, hasta que amanezca el día y la estrella de la mañana resplandezca en vuestros corazones.

20A este propósito es importante reconocer que ninguna profecía de las Escrituras debe interpretarse a capricho de nadie en particular, 21del mismo modo que nunca las profecías fueron fruto de una iniciativa humana, sino que fue el Espíritu Santo el que impulsó a los profetas a comunicar sus mensajes.