1:2 knowledge of God and of Jesus. “Knowledge” is an important theme in 2 Peter (related words occur eleven times); here it is likely a subtle attack on false teachers and their preoccupation with esoteric knowledge. Peter seems to reserve the particular Greek word used here (epignosis) for the fundamental saving knowledge of God gained in conversion (1:2, 3, 8; 2:20). Knowledge of God and of Jesus are connected because God is known savingly only in and through Jesus Christ (Matt. 11:27).