11-2 I, Simon Peter, am a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ. I write this to you whose experience with God is as life-changing as ours, all due to our God’s straight dealing and the intervention of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Grace and peace to you many times over as you deepen in your experience with God and Jesus, our Master.
Don’t Put It Off
3-4 Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.
5-9 So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.
10-11 So, friends, confirm God’s invitation to you, his choice of you. Don’t put it off; do it now. Do this, and you’ll have your life on a firm footing, the streets paved and the way wide open into the eternal kingdom of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The One Light in a Dark Time
12-15 Because the stakes are so high, even though you’re up-to-date on all this truth and practice it inside and out, I’m not going to let up for a minute in calling you to attention before it. This is the post to which I’ve been assigned—keeping you alert with frequent reminders—and I’m sticking to it as long as I live. I know that I’m to die soon; the Master has made that quite clear to me. And so I am especially eager that you have all this down in black and white so that after I die, you’ll have it for ready reference.
16-18 We weren’t, you know, just wishing on a star when we laid the facts out before you regarding the powerful return of our Master, Jesus Christ. We were there for the preview! We saw it with our own eyes: Jesus resplendent with light from God the Father as the voice of Majestic Glory spoke: “This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of all my delight.” We were there on the holy mountain with him. We heard the voice out of heaven with our very own ears.
19-21 We couldn’t be more sure of what we saw and heard—God’s glory, God’s voice. The prophetic Word was confirmed to us. You’ll do well to keep focusing on it. It’s the one light you have in a dark time as you wait for daybreak and the rising of the Morning Star in your hearts. The main thing to keep in mind here is that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion. And why? Because it’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word.
1Ndine Simoni Petro, mtumiki ndi mtumwi wa Yesu Khristu.
Kwa anthu amene analandira chikhulupiriro cha mtengowapatali chomwe ifenso tinalandira chifukwa cha chilungamo cha Mulungu ndi Mpulumutsi wathu Yesu Khristu.
2 Chisomo ndi mtendere zochuluka zikhale nanu pomudziwa Mulungu ndi Yesu Ambuye athu.
Kudziwa za Mayitanidwe ndi za Kusankhidwa Kwathu
3 Mulungu mwa mphamvu zake anatipatsa zonse zofunika kukhala moyo opembedza, potidziwitsa za Iyeyo amene anatiyitana ku ulemerero wake ndi ubwino wake. 4 Mwa ulemerero ndi ubwino wakewo, anatipatsa malonjezo opambana kwambiri ndi a mtengowapatali. Amenewa ndi malonjezo amene amakuthandizani kulandira nawo moyo wa Mulungu, titapulumuka ku chiwonongeko chimene chili mʼdziko lapansi chifukwa cha zilakolako zoyipa.
5 Choncho, chitani khama kuwonjezera moyo wabwino pa chikhulupiriro chanu, ndipo pa moyo wabwino muwonjezerepo nzeru. 6 Pa nzeru muwonjezerepo kudziretsa, pa kudziretsa muwonjezerepo chipiriro, ndipo pa chipiriro muwonjezerepo khalidwe lolemekeza Mulungu. 7 Pa khalidwe lolemekeza Mulungu muwonjezerepo chifundo cha ubale, pa chifundo cha ubale muwonjezerepo chikondi. 8 Ngati zonsezi zikhala mwa inu nʼkumachuluka, zidzakuthandizani kuti musakhale aulesi ndi osapindula ndi chidziwitso chanu cha Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu. 9 Koma ngati wina alibe zimenezi, ndi wakhungu sangathe kuona patali, ndipo wayiwala kuti anayeretsedwa machimo ake akale.
10 Nʼchifukwa chake abale anga, funitsitsani kuti mayitanidwe ndi masankhidwe anu akhale otsimikizika. Pakuti ngati muchita zinthu izi, simudzagwa konse. 11 Mudzalandiridwa bwino kwambiri mu ufumu wosatha wa Ambuye ndi Mpulumutsi wathu Yesu Khristu.
Kukhala Oyera Mtima
12 Tsono ine ndidzakukumbutsani nthawi zonse za zinthu zimenezi, ngakhale kuti mumazidziwa ndipo kuti munakhazikika mʼchoonadi chimene muli nacho tsopano. 13 Ndikuganiza kuti nʼkoyenera ndikanali mu msasa uno, kuti ndikutsitsimutseni ndi kukukumbutsani, 14 chifukwa ndikudziwa kuti posachedwapa ndikuchoka mu msasa uno, monga Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu anandidziwitsiratu. 15 Ndipo ndidzayesetsa kuti nditachoka, mudzakumbukire nthawi zonse.
16 Ife sitinatsate nkhani zongopeka titakuwuzani za mphamvu zake ndi zakubweranso kwa Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu, koma tinaona ndi maso athu za ukulu wake. 17 Pakuti Iye analandira ulemu ndi ulemerero kuchokera kwa Mulungu Atate atamufikira mawu ochokera ku ulemerero wa ukulu akuti, “Uyu ndi mwana wanga amene Ine ndimukonda, amene ndimakondwera naye kwambiri.” 18 Ifeyo tinamva mawuwa akuchokera kumwamba pamene tinali naye pamodzi pa phiri lopatulika lija.
19 Tsono ifenso tili ndi mawu a uneneri amene ndi odalirika kwambiri ndipo inu mudzachita bwino mukawasamalira mawuwa, monga kuwunika kumene kukuwala mu mdima, mpaka tsiku lidzayambe kucha, pamene nthanda idzayambe kuwala mʼmitima mwanu. 20 Kuposa zonse, inu muyenera kuzindikira kuti palibe mawu a uneneri amene amatanthauzidwa pa okha. 21 Pakuti mawu a uneneri sanadze mwa kufuna kwa anthu, koma anthu anayankhula zochokera kwa Mulungu, Mzimu Woyera atawayankhulitsa.