2 Peter 1

Things Necessary for Transformation

The Power Necessary for Transformation (1-3)

Peter begins by making it clear that God's power has given them everything necessary to experience a transformed, godlike, and God-pleasing life. This transformation occurred as they developed an intimate relationship with the God Who had called them to share in His own greatness (“glory”) and His own goodness of action (excellence) (3).

The Promises Necessary for Transformation (4)

In sharing His own greatness and goodness with them, God also shared His promises, so as they believed the promises, their nature would be changed from one corrupted by lust, which led to sin, into a nature like Christ Himself (4).

The Qualities Necessary for Transformation (5-7)

Because transformation or a change of nature comes by believing God's promises, Peter goes on to prescribe adding these qualities to their faith:

“Virtue" ... goodness of action
“Knowledge" ... discernment between right and wrong
“Self-control" ... inner strength to control lust
“Steadfastness" ... courage to remain faithful in difficulty
“Godliness" ... to be God-honoring and reverent
“Brotherly affection" ... to love everyone with a family kind of love
“Love" ... to deliberately love someone even if it is not deserved (5-7)

The Reminder Necessary for Transformation (8-15)

Peter reminds them that if these qualities are added to their faith, they will become successful and productive in discerning Who Christ really is (8). If these qualities are neglected, Peter reminds them they will already be blind and negligent to live out their lives on the foundation of their former cleansing (9). Peter pleads with them to be diligent to confirm their faith by adding those qualities to their faith, for if they do, they will never fall (10), and they can look forward to a rich entrance into the ultimate fulfillment of the kingdom (11). Peter asserts this reminder is important so they will not slip (12-13), and he needs to remind them before he leaves this world (14) so their memory will be without defect (15).

Peter Remembers the Lord's Transformation (16-18)

Peter begins to reminisce about the Lord's transformation that he witnessed. What he had told others was no myth (16). On that holy mountain, the Lord Jesus was honored by God; it was God's voice Peter heard from heaven, and so Peter beheld transformations with his own eyes (17-18; Matthew 17:1-8).

The Prophetic Word Necessary for Transformation (19-21)

Peter now lowers the shocker: the prophetic Word of Scripture is even more powerful than what they witnessed on the mountain when Jesus was transfigured (Matthew 17:1-8). Peter is encouraging them to pay attention to these prophetic scriptures and to let them rise like the dawn in their hearts (19), for no prophecy of Scripture is open to personal interpretation, as it did not come from the will of man but was produced by the will of God through His Holy Spirit (20-21).