Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: 2 Peter 1:1
I want to go verse by verse in this second chapter of Peter because there is so much packed into each verse. Peter is writing again to the persecuted church that has gone into hiding to try to outlive the persecution. It seems like there may have also be some disputing and disagreements in the group because he encourages them to consider their like precious faith. He wants them to remember their purpose and mission for coming together.
So, he starts the letter reminding them that he is God’s servant and apostle. That he walked with Jesus while he was on the earth and serve Him and learned from Him. Then he says he is writing to those who have received the same faith that he has and that they have with each other. He qualifies that this is precious and valuable. It is the most valuable thing in the world and that any person can possess. Lastly that they have obtained this faith through accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior and gaining a right relationship with God their Heavenly Father.
How does this apply to us today? Let’s start by recognizing that we are in the same situation as these new testament believers and Peter’s letter is to us also. Given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we know that it was intended to build up the church throughout the entire church age. Therefore, we can identify with the Christians of Peters time and turn our attention to our like precious faith. Have any of us face persecution? Sure! Maybe not to the degree that these new testament saints faced, but it is always out there on some level. Do we suffer from disagreements and disputing’s among each other within the church body? Most definitely! That is more evident and widely know through denominations and doctrinal arguments. Peter gives us the solution to all of these. It is to focus and keep our attention on our like precious faith. The most important thing is our faith in Christ Jesus and our salvation through His blood. If we as believers would come together in agreement on this one thing, we could change not only our own personal issues, we could change the world! When you meet and talk with other believers, let the conversation be about what you agree on and not what you don’t.
Today I want to encourage you to take a few minutes to think about and focus on our like precious faith! Consider the value and connection we have with each other through it. No matter what differences we have whether cultural, social or racial, our faith crosses all boundaries and bridges every gap. Then think about one person you can share this like precious faith with this week. Someone far from God that doesn’t have the hope for their future in eternity. Pray for them and plant the seed of salvation in their heart through sharing the love of God with them. In doing this, we can change the world one life at a time!
Today’s scripture reading: 2 Peter 1:1-4