2 Peter 1

2 Peter 1:1

Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:

(a) A bond-servant of God; see entry for Rom. 1:1.

(b) An apostle; see entry for 1 Cor. 1:1.

(c) A faith of the same kind as ours. Peter’s letter is addressed to those who believe in Jesus and have received the righteousness that comes from God.

There are different kinds of faith. James contrasted the faith of the Jews who believed in the one God with the faith that saves. Believing in God is nothing special unless your faith is accompanied by the work of believing in the one he sent (see entry for Jas. 2:14). It’s this latter kind of faith that Peter has.

(d) The righteousness of our God can be distinguished from our own righteousness (see entry for Matt. 6:33). This righteousness is revealed in the gospel of grace and is received by faith (Php. 3:9).

2 Peter 1:9

For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.

(a) Purification from his former sins. All your sins were carried away by the Lamb of God (John 1:29, 2 John 2:2). This is why, on the night he rose from the dead, Jesus told the disciples to preach the remission of sins (see entry for Luke 24:47).

(b) Former sins. Your sins are part of your old life. In Christ, you are a new creation, righteous and holy and a sinner no more.

2 Peter 1:17

For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased”—

This is My beloved Son; see entry for Matthew 3:17.

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