“Transformed By Grace” (2 Peter 1:1-2)

In our first post on 2 Peter, we looked at how Christians need to continue to grow in both the “grace” and “knowledge” of the Lord in order avoid false teaching (2 Peter 3:18).  Peter exhorts them to grow in their walk with the Lord, which reminds us that we too should not be static but progressing in our faith. 

Peter begins this letter by referring to himself as Simon Peter.  In John 1:42, Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter, which means “rock”.  This is not who Peter was when he first meet Jesus; it was only in time that he was transformed into “the rock”.  It was only later in his life that he would be courageous, firm, and bold for Christ regardless of the cost.  After Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension, Peter would be a prominent member of the early church.  In spite of his earlier failures, in time he would grow into the person seen in 2 Peter.

As seen in the greeting, Peter describes himself as both a servant and apostle of Jesus.  A “servant” is one owned and directed by another.  In this case, Peter was a humble servant of the Lord.  Again, this was only something that he grew into over time.  We read about him boasting and bragging in the gospels, but here Peter has become a humble servant.   In addition, least we think he has no authority; Peter refers to himself as an apostle, which means one sent out with a message.

Peter goes on to state that he is writing this letter to those who also have obtained the same precious faith that he has.  Just like you and I today, these early Christians had a faith that resulted in the same privileges before God as Peter.  We too can have a faith like Peter “through the righteousness of God and of Jesus Christ.”

Peter closes out the greeting by praying that God would multiply both His grace and peace in their lives.  However, Peter adds that this comes through the knowledge of God the Father and Jesus Christ.  As they grew in the knowledge of the Lord, so too would they experience the peace that comes from a transformed life of grace.

The grace of the Lord brings about true, genuine transformation in a person’s life.  Just a brief look at Peter’s life shows this to be true.  The Lord wants to do the same for you and me.  He wants to transform us into the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).  As you commit to growing in your walk with the Lord, He will continue to transform you by His grace.  The outflow of His grace is peace.   

Check back again soon.  Next, we will look at how the Lord has given us all that we ever will need for life and godliness.

Blessings,      

Pastor Steven