New Defender's Study Bible Notes
1:3 all things. Note the repeated references to “all these things” (II Peter 1:3,8,9,10,12,15). God has provided everything we need for a fruitful Christian life through the marvelous promises of His Word.
1:3 to glory and virtue. This phrase can mean, “by His glory and virtue.” The beauty and strength of character seen in Jesus actually draw men to Himself for salvation.
1:4 precious promises. It has been calculated that the Bible contains some 3800 promises, from that in Genesis 3:15 to the final promise in Revelation 22:20.
1:4 divine nature. It is through the Word and its promises, if we believe them, that we are given a new nature, being “born again…of incorruptible [seed], by the Word of God” (I Peter 1:23).