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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.

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2 Pedro 1

1Simón Pedro, *siervo y apóstol de *Jesucristo,

a los que por la justicia de nuestro Dios y Salvador Jesucristo han recibido una fe tan preciosa como la nuestra.

Que abunden en ustedes la gracia y la paz por medio del conocimiento que tienen de Dios y de Jesús nuestro Señor.

Firmeza en el llamamiento y en la elección

Su divino poder, al darnos el conocimiento de aquel que nos llamó por su propia gloria y potencia, nos ha concedido todas las cosas que necesitamos para vivir como Dios manda.[a] Así Dios nos ha entregado sus preciosas y magníficas promesas para que ustedes, luego de escapar de la corrupción que hay en el mundo debido a los malos deseos, lleguen a tener parte en la naturaleza divina.[b]

Precisamente por eso, esfuércense por añadir a su fe, virtud; a su virtud, entendimiento; al entendimiento, dominio propio; al dominio propio, constancia; a la constancia, devoción a Dios; a la devoción a Dios, afecto fraternal; y al afecto fraternal, amor. Porque estas cualidades, si abundan en ustedes, les harán crecer en el conocimiento de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, y evitarán que sean inútiles e improductivos. En cambio, el que no las tiene es tan corto de vista que ya ni ve, y se olvida de que ha sido limpiado de sus antiguos pecados. 10 Por lo tanto, hermanos, esfuércense más todavía por asegurarse del llamado de Dios, que fue quien los eligió. Si hacen estas cosas, no caerán jamás, 11 y se les abrirán de par en par las puertas del reino eterno de nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo.

La veracidad de la Escritura

12 Por eso siempre les recordaré estas cosas, por más que las sepan y estén afianzados en la verdad que ahora tienen. 13 Además, considero que tengo la obligación de refrescarles la memoria mientras viva en esta habitación pasajera que es mi cuerpo; 14 porque sé que dentro de poco tendré que abandonarlo, según me lo ha manifestado nuestro Señor *Jesucristo. 15 También me esforzaré con empeño para que aun después de mi partida[c] ustedes puedan recordar estas cosas en todo tiempo.

16 Cuando les dimos a conocer la venida de nuestro Señor Jesucristo en todo su poder, no estábamos siguiendo sutiles cuentos supersticiosos sino dando testimonio de su grandeza, que vimos con nuestros propios ojos. 17 Él recibió honor y gloria de parte de Dios el Padre, cuando desde la majestuosa gloria se le dirigió aquella voz que dijo: «Éste es mi Hijo amado; estoy muy complacido con él.»[d] 18 Nosotros mismos oímos esa voz que vino del cielo cuando estábamos con él en el monte santo. 19 Esto ha venido a confirmarnos la palabra[e] de los profetas, a la cual ustedes hacen bien en prestar atención, como a una lámpara que brilla en un lugar oscuro, hasta que despunte el día y salga el lucero de la mañana en sus corazones. 20 Ante todo, tengan muy presente que ninguna profecía de la Escritura surge de la interpretación particular de nadie. 21 Porque la profecía no ha tenido su origen en la voluntad *humana, sino que los profetas hablaron de parte de Dios, impulsados por el Espíritu Santo.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Pedro 1:3 para vivir como Dios manda. Lit. para la vida y la piedad.
  2. 2 Pedro 1:4 lleguen … divina. Alt. lleguen a ser colaboradores con Dios.
  3. 2 Pedro 1:15 partida. Lit. éxodo.
  4. 2 Pedro 1:17 Mt 17:5; Mr 9:7; Lc 9:35
  5. 2 Pedro 1:19 Esto … palabra. Lit. También tenemos la muy segura palabra.