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.
11:1 Rum 1:1; 1Pet 1:1; Rum 3:21-26; Tit 2:13Simoni Petro, mtumishi na mtume wa Yesu Kristo:
Kwa wale ambao kwa njia ya haki ya Mungu na Mwokozi wetu Yesu Kristo mmepokea imani iliyo na thamani kama yetu:
21:2 2Pet 3:18; Rum 1:7; Flp 3:8; 2Pet 2:20; 1:3, 8Neema na amani iwe kwenu kwa wingi katika kumjua Mungu na Yesu Bwana wetu.
Wito Wa Mkristo Na Uteule
31:3 1Pet 1:5; Rum 8:28; 1The 2:12Uweza wake wa uungu umetupatia mambo yote tunayohitaji kwa ajili ya uzima na uchaji wa Mungu, kwa kumjua yeye aliyetuita kwa utukufu wake na wema wake mwenyewe. 41:4 2Kor 7:1; Efe 4:24; Ebr 12:10; Yak 1:27Kwa sababu hiyo, ametukirimia ahadi zake kuu na za thamani kupitia mambo haya, ili kupitia hayo mpate kuwa washiriki wa asili ya uungu, na kuokoka kutoka upotovu ulioko duniani unaosababishwa na tamaa mbaya.
51:5 Kol 2:3; 2Pet 3:18; 1Pet 3:7; Gal 5:6, 22; Yud 3Kwa sababu hii hasa, jitahidini sana katika imani yenu kuongeza wema; na katika wema, maarifa; 61:6 Mdo 24:25; Ebr 10:36; 2Pet 1:3katika maarifa, kiasi; katika kiasi, saburi; katika saburi, utauwa;1:6 Maana yake kumcha Mungu. 71:7 Rum 12:10; 1The 3:12; Gal 6:18; 1The 5:15; 1Yn 4:21katika utauwa, upendano wa ndugu; na katika upendano wa ndugu, upendo. 81:8 Yn 15:2; Kol 1:10Kwa maana haya yakiwa ndani yenu kwa wingi na kuzidi kuongezeka, yanawasaidia msikose bidii wala kutozaa matunda katika kumjua Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo. 91:9 1Yn 2:11; Mt 1:21Lakini mtu yeyote asipokuwa na mambo haya haoni mbali, na ni kipofu, naye amesahau kule kutakaswa kutoka dhambi zake za zamani.
101:10 Za 15:5; Rum 8:28; Za 15:5; 2Pet 3:17; Yud 24Kwa hiyo, ndugu zangu, fanyeni bidii zaidi kuuthibitisha wito wenu na uteule wenu. Kwa maana mkifanya hivyo, hamtajikwaa kamwe, 111:11 Za 145:13; 2Tim 4:18; 2Pet 2:20; 3:18na mtajaliwa kwa ukarimu mwingi kuingia katika ufalme wa milele wa Bwana na Mwokozi wetu Yesu Kristo.
Unabii Wa Maandiko
121:12 1Yn 2:21; Flp 3:1; Yud 5; 2Yn 2Hivyo nitawakumbusha mambo haya siku zote, hata ingawa mnayajua na mmethibitishwa katika kweli mliyo nayo. 131:13 Isa 38:12; 2Kor 5:14; 2Pet 3:1; 2Kor 5:1, 4Naona ni vyema kuwakumbusha mambo haya wakati wote niwapo katika hema hili ambalo ni mwili wangu, 141:14 2Tim 4:6; Yn 13:36; 21:18, 19kwa sababu najua ya kwamba hivi karibuni nitaliweka kando, kama vile Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo alivyoliweka wazi kwangu. 151:15 Lk 9:31; Hes 22:4-20; 31:16; Kum 23:4; Yud 11; Ufu 2:14Nami nitafanya kila juhudi kuona kwamba baada ya kuondoka kwangu mtaweza kuyakumbuka mambo haya siku zote.
161:16 Mk 13:26; Hes 22:21-30; 1Kor 1:17; 2:1, 4; 2Kor 2:17; 4:2Tulipowafahamisha juu ya uweza na kuja kwa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo, hatukufuata hadithi zilizotungwa kwa werevu, bali tulishuhudia kwa macho yetu ukuu wake. 17Alipewa heshima na utukufu kutoka kwa Mungu Baba, sauti ilipomjia katika Utukufu Mkuu, ikisema, “Huyu ni Mwanangu mpendwa. Ninapendezwa naye sana.” 18Sisi wenyewe tuliisikia sauti hii ambayo ilitoka mbinguni, wakati tulipokuwa pamoja naye kwenye ule mlima mtakatifu.
191:19 Za 119:105; Ufu 22:16Nasi tunalo pia neno la hakika zaidi la unabii, ambalo mtafanya vyema mkiliangalia kwa bidii, kama vile nuru inavyongʼaa gizani, hadi kupambazuka na nyota ya asubuhi izuke mioyoni mwenu. 201:20 Rum 12:6; 2Pet 3:3Zaidi ya yote, yawapasa mjue kwamba hakuna unabii katika Maandiko uliofasiriwa kama alivyopenda nabii mwenyewe. 211:21 2Tim 3:16; 2Sam 23:2; Mdo 1:16Kwa maana unabii haukuja kamwe kwa mapenzi ya mwanadamu, bali watu walinena yaliyotoka kwa Mungu wakiongozwa na Roho Mtakatifu.