Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have received a faith as precious as ours through the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ:
May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants in the divine nature. For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love. For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For anyone who lacks these things is short-sighted and blind, and is forgetful of the cleansing of past sins. Therefore, brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to confirm your call and election, for if you do this, you will never stumble. For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will be richly provided for you.
It seems to me, reading this passage; that Peter is encouraging Christians to have a strong sense of being called, which will help them remember they’ve been forgiven. Remembering they’ve been forgiven makes them more likely to be become participants in the divine nature. This connects with the theme of being on the journey and yielding to grace. In accepting forgiveness we yield to grace – acknowledging that we’ve needed forgiveness and been granted a fresh start we couldn’t earn. How incredibly difficult in this culture of mutual obligation, where even a Christmas card is a gift that shouldn’t go unmatched, to receive forgiveness freely and fully. No wonder Peter considers it an entry into the divine nature.