Second Peter 1:3-11 is a remarkable passage of Scripture. It starts with a promise, ends with a blessing, and lists eight things we need to add to our faith to move from the promise to the blessing. What is this promise? Peter vows that those who intently pursue spiritual growth “will never stumble” on their journey “into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Are you ready to become confident in your faith? God’s Word is full of practical tools that will guide your steps and keep you from falling. As you study 2 Peter 1, consider these passages about God’s promises and the eight areas of spiritual growth that will prepare you for His blessing.
The Promises of God
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
2 Corinthians 1:20
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
The Path of Diligence
The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.
1 Corinthians 9:25
And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.
The Path of Virtue
2 Corinthians 5:9
Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
Walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
1 Thessalonians 4:1
Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
You also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.
The Path of Knowledge
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment.
2 Timothy 2:15
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
1 Peter 2:2
As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.
The Path of Self-Control
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; he who keeps his way preserves his soul.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
1 Corinthians 6:20
For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
1 Timothy 4:8
For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
The Path of Brotherly Kindness
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
The Path of Love
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
1 Corinthians 13:13
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 John 3:18
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
1 John 4:19
We love Him because He first loved us.
The Prize of Blessing
He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
1 Peter 1:4
To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.
He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.