Ransomed, Sanctified, and Having Genuine and Mutual Love
Peter was one of Christ’s closest friends while He was on earth. He was a confident, he was privileged to witness the transfiguration of Christ and all the evens that happened during Christ’s ministries. He had the privilege of sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to His every word and questioning the greatest teacher ever as to what Jesus’ and His Father’s desire was for all humankind. He was not perfect, he was far from perfect an in Christ’s greatest time of need, Peter’s faith grew week and he denied his Lord.
Even after Christ’s return to heaven, Peter like us, needed to be taught lesson and had to learn to listen to others. He and Paul did not always see eye to eye, yet he respected Paul and came to understand, that God was using Paul for a very specific work a work that he himself was not best fitted for.
Together, Paul, James, Jude and Peter left us wise council. Council that we would all be wise to follow. They all address the subject of becoming better Christians and all tell us that it is more than duty or impending judgement that should be our motivating force. Instead, it is our LOVE for God and the price all heaven has had to pay to assure us of our salvation.
Therefore, Peter urges each and every Christian to keep their eyes firmly fixed on Christ. To daily pray and study God’s word. To be lead to all truth by the power of the Holy Spirit who will also by the Holy Spirits indwelling in our hearts give us the victory over sin.
But Peter wants us to know, that doing what is right in the eyes of Christ, is not always in harmony with the world and the world will misunderstand and so we may suffer as a result. But our suffering for Christ, brings honor to Christ and as Christ endured suffering, so to can we endure suffering for Christ’s sake.
Both letters of Peter can best be summed up as practical character developing advice to Christians living in the uncertainty of the times in which they live, work, and worship in.
May God richly bless those that have chosen to follow His teaches as outlined throughout the entire Bible which Peter admonishes us to have faith, and upon faith virtue, upon virtue knowledge, to knowledge, self-control. Upon self-control, perseverance, and to perseverance, godliness, godliness to brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessings to you all!