1I, Simon Peter, am writing this letter. I serve Jesus Christ. I am his apostle.
I am sending this letter to you. You are those who have received a faith as valuable as ours. You received it because our God and Savior Jesus Christ does what is right.
2May more and more grace and peace be given to you. May they come to you as you learn more about God and about Jesus our Lord.
Showing That God Has Chosen You
3God’s power has given us everything we need to lead a godly life. All of this has come to us because we know the God who chose us. He chose us because of his own glory and goodness. 4He has also given us his very great and valuable promises. He did it so you could share in his nature. You can share in it because you’ve escaped from the evil in the world. This evil is caused by sinful desires.
5So you should try very hard to add goodness to your faith. To goodness, add knowledge. 6To knowledge, add the ability to control yourselves. To the ability to control yourselves, add the strength to keep going. To the strength to keep going, add godliness. 7To godliness, add kindness for one another. And to kindness for one another, add love. 8All these things should describe you more and more. They will make you useful and fruitful as you know our Lord Jesus Christ better. 9But what if these things don’t describe someone at all? Then that person can’t see very well. In fact, they are blind. They have forgotten that their past sins have been washed away.
10My brothers and sisters, try very hard to show that God has appointed you to be saved. Try hard to show that he has chosen you. If you do everything I have just said, you will never trip and fall. 11You will receive a rich welcome into the kingdom that lasts forever. It is the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Prophecy of Scripture Comes From God
12So I will always remind you of these things. I’ll do it even though you know them. I’ll do it even though you now have deep roots in the truth. 13I think it is right for me to remind you. It is right as long as I live in this tent. I’m talking about my body. 14I know my tent will soon be removed. Our Lord Jesus Christ has made that clear to me. 15I hope that you will always be able to remember these things after I’m gone. I will try very hard to see that you do.
16We told you about the time our Lord Jesus Christ came with power. But we didn’t make up clever stories when we told you about it. With our own eyes we saw him in all his majesty. 17God the Father gave him honor and glory. The voice of the Majestic Glory came to him. It said, “This is my Son, and I love him. I am very pleased with him.” (Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35) 18We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven. We were with him on the sacred mountain.
19We also have the message of the prophets. This message can be trusted completely. You must pay attention to it. The message is like a light shining in a dark place. It will shine until the day Jesus comes. Then the Morning Star will rise in your hearts. 20Above all, here is what you must understand. No prophecy in Scripture ever came from a prophet’s own understanding of things. 21Prophecy never came simply because a prophet wanted it to. Instead, the Holy Spirit guided the prophets as they spoke. So, although prophets are human, prophecy comes from God.
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.
2Chisomo ndi mtendere zochuluka zikhale nanu pomudziwa Mulungu ndi Yesu Ambuye athu.
Kudziwa za Mayitanidwe ndi za Kusankhidwa Kwathu
3Mulungu mwa mphamvu zake anatipatsa zonse zofunika kukhala moyo opembedza, potidziwitsa za Iyeyo amene anatiyitana ku ulemerero wake ndi ubwino wake. 4Mwa 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.
5Choncho, chitani khama kuwonjezera moyo wabwino pa chikhulupiriro chanu, ndipo pa moyo wabwino muwonjezerepo nzeru. 6Pa nzeru muwonjezerepo kudziretsa, pa kudziretsa muwonjezerepo chipiriro, ndipo pa chipiriro muwonjezerepo khalidwe lolemekeza Mulungu. 7Pa khalidwe lolemekeza Mulungu muwonjezerepo chifundo cha ubale, pa chifundo cha ubale muwonjezerepo chikondi. 8Ngati zonsezi zikhala mwa inu nʼkumachuluka, zidzakuthandizani kuti musakhale aulesi ndi osapindula ndi chidziwitso chanu cha Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu. 9Koma ngati wina alibe zimenezi, ndi wakhungu sangathe kuona patali, ndipo wayiwala kuti anayeretsedwa machimo ake akale.
10Nʼchifukwa chake abale anga, funitsitsani kuti mayitanidwe ndi masankhidwe anu akhale otsimikizika. Pakuti ngati muchita zinthu izi, simudzagwa konse. 11Mudzalandiridwa bwino kwambiri mu ufumu wosatha wa Ambuye ndi Mpulumutsi wathu Yesu Khristu.
Kukhala Oyera Mtima
12Tsono ine ndidzakukumbutsani nthawi zonse za zinthu zimenezi, ngakhale kuti mumazidziwa ndipo kuti munakhazikika mʼchoonadi chimene muli nacho tsopano. 13Ndikuganiza kuti nʼkoyenera ndikanali mu msasa uno, kuti ndikutsitsimutseni ndi kukukumbutsani, 14chifukwa ndikudziwa kuti posachedwapa ndikuchoka mu msasa uno, monga Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu anandidziwitsiratu. 15Ndipo ndidzayesetsa kuti nditachoka, mudzakumbukire nthawi zonse.
16Ife sitinatsate nkhani zongopeka titakuwuzani za mphamvu zake ndi zakubweranso kwa Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu, koma tinaona ndi maso athu za ukulu wake. 17Pakuti 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.” 18Ifeyo tinamva mawuwa akuchokera kumwamba pamene tinali naye pamodzi pa phiri lopatulika lija.
19Tsono 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. 20Kuposa zonse, inu muyenera kuzindikira kuti palibe mawu a uneneri amene amatanthauzidwa pa okha. 21Pakuti mawu a uneneri sanadze mwa kufuna kwa anthu, koma anthu anayankhula zochokera kwa Mulungu, Mzimu Woyera atawayankhulitsa.