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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.

Footnotes

  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.

O Livro

2 Pedro 1

1Simão Pedro, servo e apóstolo de Jesus Cristo, a todos os que têm a mesma fé preciosa que nós temos, e que nos foi dada pela justiça de Jesus Cristo, nosso Deus e salvador.

Que através de um conhecimento cada vez melhor de Deus e de Jesus nosso Senhor a sua graça e a sua paz vos sejam multiplicadas.

Crescendo no conhecimento de Deus

Conhecendo plenamente aquele que nos chamou pela sua própria grandeza e virtude nos é dado, através do seu poder divino, tudo o que necessitamos para a vida e para a nossa relação com Deus. E pelo mesmo grande poder ele nos deu as suas preciosas e grandes promessas para por elas participarmos da natureza divina e escaparmos à corrupção no mundo causada por desejos maus.

5/7 Sendo assim, esforcem­se diligentemente por acrescentar à vossa fé uma boa conduta; e além disso o conhecimento das coisas espirituais; depois aprendam o que é o domínio dos vossos próprios desejos naturais; acrescentem a perseverança, e ainda uma relação efectiva com Deus. E não se esqueçam da afeição fraterna, e enfim do amor. Porque se estas qualidades abundarem na vossa vida, elas não vos deixarão ociosos nem estéreis, mas antes frutuosos no conhecimento de nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo. Mas quem falhar nestas coisas é como um cego, ou como alguém que não vê nada ao longe, tendo­se certamente esquecido de que Deus o livrou do pecado da sua vida passada.

10 Portanto, irmãos, procurem de forma activa estar firmes na chamada e na escolha de Deus, porque, assim fazendo, não hão­de tropeçar, nem desviar­se. 11 E Deus vos abrirá de par em par a entrada no reino eterno de nosso Senhor e salvador Jesus Cristo.

Atenção às Escrituras

12/15 Tenho pois a intenção de continuar a lembrar­vos estas coisas, ainda que já as saibam e estejam firmes na verdade que alcançaram. Mas o Senhor Jesus Cristo mostrou­me que em breve deixarei esta vida; mas enquanto aqui estiver penso que é justo mandar­vos estes avisos, esforçando­me para que depois de eu ter partido se lembrem sempre deles.

16 Porque não foi com narrativas imaginadas engenhosamente que vos fizemos conhecer o poder de nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo e da sua vinda. É que nós próprios vimos a sua majestade. 17/18 Nós estávamos com ele, naquele monte, na presença de Deus, quando ele se manifestou com a glória e honra que Deus, o seu Pai, lhe deu; e ouvimos a voz da gloriosa majestade dizendo: “Este é o meu Filho amado; tenho nele plena satisfação”.

19 Vimos assim reforçada a palavra dos profetas, aos quais fazem bem em prestar toda a atenção, como luzes iluminando sítios escuros, até que o dia de Cristo surja e a sua luz brilhante ilumine os vossos corações. 20/21 Sobretudo, devem entender que nenhuma profecia da Escritura proveio dos próprios profetas, isto é, a profecia nunca foi originada pela vontade humana. Foi o Espírito Santo quem inspirou os profetas para falarem da parte de Deus.