Word Study of 2 Peter 1:1-11


Key Words Defined

1 Ά Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5 Ά And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

“his divine power” is the power a Christian relies on to first save them, and then to change them.

“promises” are what God makes to us – not what we make to God!

“partakers” are those who take received the person of Jesus Christ into their lives

“the divine nature” refers to Jesus Christ, and His perfect, God-nature that now indwells every believer.

“corruption” is the effect of sin on a life – it ruins a person’s life


“giving all diligence” means to work very hard at adding these things to your life

“faith” is believing God as He promised in His word

“virtue” is the inner strength to do right

“knowledge” is personally knowing something to be true, not just accepting it as true

“temperance” is submitting your self to God’s will and God’s Holy Spirit

“patience” is the ability to put up with trials and troubles without complaining

“godliness” is living and thinking like Jesus did

“brotherly kindness” is loving believers like family

“charity” is living completely unselfishly


“barren”, “unfruitful” is when a Christian is useless to God

“calling and election” is God’s perfect will and plan for your life – make it sure and steadfast so you don’t fall out!