(From: 2 PETER #1 - 1:1-21)
2 PETER SUMMARY - VIRTUE: KEY TO SAFETY IN LIGHT OF THE JUDGMENT
I. 1:1-21 – VIRTUE: KEY TO VICTORY & KINGDOM ENTRANCE
A. 1:1-11 DIVINE VIRTUE: KEY TO GOSPEL BLESSINGS
a. 1:1-4 SEVEN PROMISES OF BLESSING
Su-meON PEtros, DOUlos kai aPOsto-los IeSOU ChrisTOU,
SYMEON PETER, bondman and apostle of Jesus Christ,
tois iSOti-mon heMIN laCHOUsin PIStin
to them that have obtained an equally precious faith with us
en di-kai-oSUnetou TheOU heMON kai soTEros IeSOU ChrisTOU:
in the righteousness of our :God and Savior Jesus Christ:
CHAris huMIN kai eiREneple-thuTHEIe
2Grace to you and peace be multiplied
en e-pigNOsei tou TheOU kai IeSOU tou KuRIou heMON;
in theknowledge of :God and of Jesus our :Lord;
hos PANta heMIN tes THEIas duNAme-os auTOU ta
3since his divine :power has granted to us all things
pros zo-EN kai euSEbei-an de-do-reMEnes, diA tes e-pigNOse-os tou
unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him
kaLEsan-tos heMAS diA DOxes kai a-reTES ; di’ hon ta TImi-a kai MEgis-ta heMIN
that called us through glory and virtue; 4whereby he has granted us the precious and exceeding
e-pagGELma-ta deDOre-tai; HIna diA TOUton GEnes-the THEIas koi-noNOI PHUse-os ,
great promises; that through these you may become partakers of thedivine nature,
a-po-phuGONtes tes en toKOSmoen e-pi-thuMIa phthoRAS .
having escaped from the corruption that isin the world by lust.
b. 1:5-7 SEVEN CONDITIONS TO MAINTAIN THE PROMISES
kai, auTO TOUto de spouDEN  PAsan pa-rei-seNEGkan-tes ,
Yes, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence,
e-pi-cho-reGEsa-te en tePIStei huMON ten a-reTEN ;
in your :faith supply :virtue;
en de tea-reTEten GNOsin ; en de teGNOsei ten egKRAtei-an ;
and in :virtue :knowledge; 6and in :knowledge :self-control;
en de teeg-kraTEIa ten hu-po-moNEN ; en de tehu-po-moNEten euSEbei-an ;
and in :self-control :patience; and in :patience :godliness;
en de teeu-seBEIa ten phi-la-delPHIan ; en de tephi-la-delPHIa ten aGApen .
7and in :godliness brotherly :kindness; and in your brotherly :kindness :love.
c. 1:8 FRUITFULNESS: THE RESULT OF MEETING THESE CONDITIONS
TAUta gar huMIN huPARchon-ta kai ple-o-NAzon-ta , ouk arGOUS ouDE aKARpous kaTHISte-sin
For if these things are yours and abound, they make youto be not idle nor unfruitful
eis ten tou KuRIou heMON IeSOU ChrisTOU ePIGno-sin.
unto the knowledge of our :Lord Jesus Christ.
d. 1:9 WILFUL BLINDNESS: JUDGMENT FOR REJECTING CONDITIONS
hogar mePAre-stin TAUta tuphLOS es-tin, mu-oPAzon ,
For who lacks these is blind, short-sighted,
LEthen laBON tou ka-tha-risMOU ton PAlai auTOU ha-mar-tiON.
having forgotten the cleansing from his old :sins.
e. 1:10-11 THE REWARD OF VIRTUES KEPT
di’ ho MALlon, a-delPHOI, spouDAsa-te  beBAIan huMON ten KLEsin kai ek-loGEN poiEISthai:
Wherefore, brothers, give the more diligence to make your calling and election sure:
TAUta gar poiOUNtes ou mePTAIseTE po-te: HOUtos gar plouSIos e-pi-cho-re-geTHEse-tai huMIN
for in doing these you shall never stumble: 11 for thus shall be richly supplied to you
heEIso-dos eis ten aiOni-on ba-siLEIan tou KuRIou heMON kai soTEros IeSOU ChrisTOU.
the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our :Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
B. 1:12-21 VIRTUE: ITS NECESSITY IN LIGHT OF SECOND COMING
a. 1:12 REMINDER OF VIRTUE: NECESSARY FOR THE ESTABLISHED!
Di’ ho melLEsoaEI huMAS hu-po-mimNEskein  peRI TOUton, KAIper eiDOtas
Wherefore I shall be ready always to remind you of these things, though you know
kai es-te-rigMEnous en tepa-ROUsea-leTHEIa.
and are established in the truth which is with you.
b. 1:13-14 REASON FOR URGENCY: SOON PASSING OF PETER
DIkai-on de heGOUmai , eph’ HOson eiMI en TOUtotoskeNOma-ti ,
And I think it right, as long as I am in this :tabernacle,
di-eGEIrein huMAS en hu-pomNEsei ;
to stir you up by reminder;
eiDOS HOti ta-chiNEes-tin heaPOthe-sis tou skeNOmaTOS mou ,
14knowing that the putting off of my :tabernaclecomes swiftly,
kaTHOS kai ho KUri-os heMON IeSOUS ChrisTOS eDEloSEN moi.
even as our :Lord Jesus Christ also showed me.
c. 1:15 REMEMBRANCE: ENSURED BY DILIGENT REVIEW
spouDAsode, kai, heKASto-te Echein huMAS
Yes, I will give diligence that at each time you be able
meTA ten eMEN Exo-don ten TOUton MNEmen poiEISthe.
after my :decease to call these thingsto remembrance.
d. 1:16 THE COMING OF JESUS AS JUDGE: SEEN BY EYEWITNESSES!
ou gar se-so-phisMEnois MUthois e-xa-ko-louTHEsan-tes ,
For not by following cunningly devised fables,
eg-noRIsa-men huMIN ten tou KuRIou heMON IeSOU ChrisTOU
made we known to you the power and presence
DUna-min kai pa-rouSIan, all’ ePOPtai  ge-neTHENtes tes e-KEInou me-ga-leiOteto.
of our :Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of HIS :majesty.
e. 1:17-18 CHRIST AS BELOVED SON: TESTIFIED TO BY FATHER!
laBON gar paRA TheOU paTROS tiMEN kai DOxan,
For he received from God theFather honor and glory,
phoNES e-nechTHEIses auTOtoiASde huPO tes me-ga-lo-prePOUS DOxes,
when such a voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory,
Ho huiOS mou ho a-ga-peTOS mou HOU-TOS es-tin, eis hon eGOeuDOkesa :
This is my :beloved :Son, in whom I am well pleased:
kai TAUten ten phonEN heMEIS eKOUsa-men ex ou-raNOU e-nechTHEIsan ,
18 and this :voice WE heard borne out of heaven,
sun auTOONtes en tohaGIoHOrei .
when we were with him in the holy mount.
f. 1:19-20 THE WORD OF PROPHETS: YET MORE SURE!
kai Echo-men be-baiOte-ron ton pro-phe-tiKON LOgon;
And we have the word of prophecy more sure;
hokaLOS poiEIte proSEchon-tes , hos LUCHnoPHAInon-ti en auch-meROTOpo,
whereto you do well to take heed, as to a lamp shining in a murky place,
HEos hou heMEra di-auGAse, kai phosPHOros  a-naTEIle en tais karDIais huMON:
until day dawn, and theday-star arise in your :hearts:
TOUto PROton giNOskon-tes, HOti PAsa pro-pheTEIa graPHES iDIas e-piLUse-os ou GIne-tai.
20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of itsown interpretation.
g. 1:21 THE PROPHET’S WORD IS ALWAYS GOD’S WORD
ou gar theLEma-ti anTHROpou eNECHthepro-pheTEIa poTE;
For no prophecy was ever borne by man’s will;
alLA huPO PNEUma-tos HaGIou pheROme-noi , eLAle-san aPO TheOU ANthro-poi.
but men spoke from God, being borne onby theHoly Spirit.
NOTE: 2 Peter chapter one has been a favorite of mine for many a year. Two things especially stand out for me in this chapter – first the seven things to add to our faith from Knowledge to Love – and secondly Peter’s emphasis again and again on “These Things”, referring back to these seven things.
If one wants to understand the heart of the apostle Peter, probably this one chapter reveals it more perfectly than any other portion of Scripture.
And remember – though his disciple Mark wrote the Gospel named after him – yet because Peter mentored him after the break-up of Barnabas and Paul – this Gospel probably reflects the thinking of Peter as much as it does that of Mark.
If a person is looking for one significant chapter of the Bible to memorize – this could be the one! It has a wealth and a depth about it that cannot easily be dismissed.
Note also that we have linked it with the tribe of Simeon and the “Gift of the Holy Spirit.” Remember that Simeon means “Hearing,” which reminds one of the Holy Spirit, who like Jesus spoke only the word of His Father; so the Holy Spirit perfectly represented Jesus in like manner. He did notspeak from Himself. As the Comforter replaced Jesus when He returned to the Father, then the Spirit faithfully represented Him.
The Greek words for “faith” and “love” are used in a number of other natural Bible Series of 9 words or less in the New Testament. It is our goal to do a 7-reference study on each of these 14 New Testament series. Close to 100 words are involved in these series. To take seven references from Englishman’s Greek New Testament Concordance, seems to give the heart of the meaning of each word, no matter which 7 references are selected.
I often say that a Greek Word Study that establishes a true definition for that word is like a “Rifle Shot.” It will bring down a deer. But the Interlinear Numeric Outlined New Testament and the corresponding Outlines are like a “Buckshot blast.” It brings down a duck or goose. We need both. We need accurate definitions, but we also need an accurate understanding of the context for each Bible book. It has been said, “A text without a “context” is a pretext!”
2 Peter chapter one is an admirable example of both these methods of Bible Study. – J.A.W.