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2 Peter 1:1: Simeon Peter, A Servant And Apostle Of Jesus Christ, To Those Who Have Obtained A Faith Of Equal Standing

2 Peter 1:1
[1] Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: (ESV)

Peter begins his second letter with an introduction to who he is. We think of him as the Apostle Peter. That word, Apostle, has great significance. It was the apostles' teaching that the early church was devoted to (Acts 2:42), and we also are devoted to the apostles' teaching. This teaching includes the very words that Peter penned in this letter.

Before Peter mentions his apostleship, he refers to himself as a servant. This is where his real identity lies. A servant has in mind the needs, wants, and demands of his master. Peter knew that Jesus Christ was his master. He lived his life for the glory of God, and not for himself. He wanted those whom he was serving to know that his first priority was as a servant of Jesus Christ. We should be similarly motivated.

Based on a proper understanding of who he was, both servant and an apostle, Peter now connects with those whom he is talking to. He says that the recipients of this letter have obtained a faith of equal standing. There is no place in the kingdom of God for classes of Christians. We all stand equally sinful, and in need of a Savior. We all, also, stand equally as children of God in Christ Jesus.

This status of equal standing with the apostles of Jesus Christ is because of what our Savior has accomplished for us. It is not because of any goodness that is within us. Isaiah 64:6 reminds us that all of our righteousness is as filthy rags. Peter appropriately reminds us that our standing is by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. What an incredible gift, the righteousness received by faith.

How would you describe yourself? Do you think of yourself as a servant of Jesus Christ, first? Or do you consider some other title or position? Ask the Lord to help you become more identified as a servant. When you humble yourself, he will exalt you.