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2 Peter 1:1-11 (New International Version)

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1 Simon Peter, a servant1 and apostle of Jesus Christ,2 To those who through the righteousness3 of our God and Savior Jesus Christ4 have received a faith as precious as ours: 2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance5 through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.6

Making One's Calling and Election Sure

3 His divine power7 has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him8 who called us9 by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises,10 so that through them you may participate in the divine nature11 and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.12 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;13 6 and to knowledge, self-control;14 and to self-control, perseverance;15 and to perseverance, godliness;16 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.17 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive18 in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.19 9 But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind,20 and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.21 10 Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling22 and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall,23 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom24 of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.25
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