Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord
The disciple that followed Jesus Christ for three and a half years learning as he journeyed through Israel with the Master, the Messiah, the Apostle Peter finally learned how to be a true “servant” of the Lord.
In the first verse of Peter’s second letter, this arrogant, loud-mouthed, mean, tough fisherman realized he was to be a “servant,” a bondservant of Jesus Christ.
Notice in Peter’s first letter, I Peter 1:1, he doesn’t introduce himself as a servant but as an “apostle.” This second letter was written not long before Peter’s death and he knew that it was close, verse 14, and with that knowledge he could see things the way they really were, he was simply a “servant”.
Peter tells us how “grace and peace” could be multiplied unto us through our knowledge of God the Father and Jesus the Son, our Lord. By that same knowledge, we also receive “all things that pertain unto life and godliness,” verse 3.
This chapter, our extended reading, contains “Biblical mathematics.” “Multiplication” is found in verse 2, “addition” is found in verses 5-7. Notice that because we are “partakers of the divine nature,” verse 4, we can start with “faith” and then add virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and finally we can add to all of the above “love.”
Let’s look at Peter’s purpose for this letter, II Peter 1:12-15. He wants us to “remember.” Peter says he will not be negligent but instead will put us in “remembrance” of the things he had just written to us.
Peter says, verse 13, he will “stir up our remembrance” so that after his death, we who read his letter might “remember” these great truths. In chapter 3 of II Peter, the apostle reveals the way he will stir up our “remembrance” is by the words of the “holy prophets”, the writings of the “apostles” and the words spoken by “Jesus Christ.”
Peter’s second letter is the “how to’s” for living in the End Times. Read these words and “remember” them for the way ahead, until He comes.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Help me, Lord, to remember Your Word so that I will be stirred up to action in these the last days.