The 2nd letter that Peter wrote
This page tells a bit more about Peter’s 2nd letter
Peter was one of the 12 close followers of Jesus, and he knew Jesus well. At first his name was Simon, but Jesus gave him the name Cephas in their language, which is Peter in our language. Both of those names mean stone.
Peter wrote 2 letters that are now part of the Holy Bible. This is the 2nd one.
About 2,000 years ago Jesus went back to heaven but Peter kept working for him. Then, about 36 years later, Peter wrote this letter. Soon after that Peter died.
Peter wrote this letter to Christians that wanted to live the right way. But there were some people that taught the wrong things about God.
So Peter wrote this letter to help the Christians understand God’s true word. In this letter he told them not to believe those lying teachers. And he told them that Jesus will come back to this earth, so we have to be ready at the time when he comes.
1 I am Peter, and this letter is from me. My other name is Simon. I work for Jesus Christ, and he sent me to tell people his message.
You people believe in Jesus Christ just like I do, so I’m writing this letter to you. Jesus helps us trust him and that is really special for us. Jesus Christ is God, and he saves us. He is always right and he is always fair.
2 You already know God, and our leader, Jesus, so I pray that you will know them better every day. And I’m asking God to be really good to you, and to make you happy and quiet inside yourselves.
God helps us live the right way
3 You know, God is really powerful. And God is very great and very good too. He picked us out to be his own people, so we can get to know him properly. After that he gives us everything we need to live the right way.
4 And he promised us some very important things. He promised that we can be the same kind of people that he is, really good people. He says that we can stop ourselves from thinking about doing bad things. We are not like the people that belong to this world. They want to do bad things, then they get up and do those bad things, and those bad things spoil them. But God says that we can get away from all that. Isn’t this great? He promised us this, and it is really dear to us.
5 So think about this and you will know that you have to be as good as you can. You believe in Christ all right, but you have to keep trying to get better and better all the time. You always have to try to do whatever is right, and you have to try to know God better,
6-7 and you have to try to control yourselves properly too, and you have to learn to keep going strong no matter what happens. And you have to be good to each other too, so that you will make God happy. And you have to love other Christians like they are your own brothers and sisters, and you have to love everybody else too.
8 If you keep on getting better and better like this you will get to know our leader, Jesus Christ, better and better. And you will be a good worker that does a good job for him every time.
9 But some people don’t do this. They don’t think that it is important. They are like blind people that can’t see anything properly. They forget about what God did for them. They used to do wrong things before, but God made them free from all that, and he made them clean inside themselves. But they forget all about that.
10 So, my friends, try hard to do all these good things. God picked you to be his own people, and whenever you do these good things you show everybody that you really are God’s people. If you do these things, you will never turn away from God,
11 Then God will be very happy with you and he will bring you into Jesus Christ’s family, and you will live with him for ever. He is the one that saves us.
Don’t forget this message
12 I will keep on telling you about these things even though you already know them and you know that they are true. But I will keep telling you about them anyway.
13 I reckon it’s right for me to remind you about these things, and I will keep doing it while I’m still alive in this body so that you will keep thinking about these things and you will not forget them.
14 Our leader, Jesus Christ, told me that soon I will die. He will take me out of this body.
15 But while I’m still alive in this body I will do everything I can to keep telling you these things so that after I die you will always remember them.
Jesus Christ is really great. Peter saw this himself
16 You remember that we told you about our leader, Jesus Christ. That was a true story. We didn’t make up smart stories to tell you. We told you that Jesus is powerful, and he will come back here to this earth again. We saw for ourselves that Jesus is very great, and we told you everything we saw.
17-18 We went with Jesus up on to that special mountain, and God, the Father, showed us that Jesus is very great and powerful. God told us this, he said, “This is my son. I love him very much. He makes me very happy.” And we ourselves heard God’s wonderful voice. He talked from heaven and told us that message.
The messages in God’s book are true
19 So now we can be really sure about those messages in God’s book. We can be sure they are true. A long time ago God told his men to write those words in his book. You have to think carefully about those messages. They are like a light shining in the night. Think about them and God will help you understand them, just like a light helps you see things in the night. And those words will keep on shining for you till daylight starts to come, and Jesus comes, just like the morning star.
20 You see, those men that wrote those words a long time ago, they didn’t think up their own stories or
21 write down their own ideas. No. The Holy Spirit worked inside them and told them God’s messages. Those words came from God and they wrote them down in his book.