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Faith of Equal Standing

The Author of the Letter

Simon Peter: His Indentity

Simon, the man Peter was before he met Jesus, was:

  • Boastful (Matthew 26:33)
  • Impetuous (John 18:10)
  • Self-interested (Luke 9:46)

Peter’s new name is symbolic of a change:

  • He became a new creation in Christ Jesus.
  • This change was both an event and a process.

A Servant: His Relationship

  • The Greek translated servant here is doulos.
    • doulos means “one who is owned.”
    • A more accurate translation is slave.
  • Three characteristics of a slave:
    • A slave is humble (Philippians 2:3-7).
    • A slave is obedient (Romans 6:16).
    • A slave is devoted (Matthew 6:24).

An Apostle: His Office

  • An Apostle had unique authority to represent the mind and words of Jesus (John 14:15; 2 Timothy 1:1: Galatians 1:11-12; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
  • The Apostles’ words are the words of Christ.

The Recipients of the Letter

 The defining characteristic of the recipients is faith.

  • The relationship of faith to salvation:
    • Salvation is by grace.
    • Salvation is in Christ.
    • Salvation is through faith (Ephesians 2:8).
  • Salvation defined in Hebrews 11:1.
    • Faith gives assurance or substance to the things we hope for.
    • Faith gives us conviction or certainty of things we cannot see.

Saving faith must be obtained.

  • Saving faith is extrinsic (not in your nature, coming from outside) (Ephesians 2:8; James 2:19).
  • The Greek word translated obtained here is lagchanō.
    • Lagchanō means “obtain by divine appointment.”
    • Lagchanō can be translated “was was allotted,” as in Acts 1:17.

The faith of all believers is of equal standing

  • There is one faith for all who will be saved: Jew or Gentile, clergy or laity, early church or modern day Christian (Ephesians 4:4-6; Jude 3).
  • Our faith is precious (1 Peter 1:7).

Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us through faith (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:21-22).