A Slave and an Apostle

Friday, Apr. 28                      

2 Pet. 1:1.  Peter refers to himself as “a servant and Apostle of Jesus Christ.”  As Doug brought out in a recent Sunday School class, those two terms, “servant” and “Apostle” represent the two extremes of evaluating the worth of an individual in society, specifically the Christian society of the early Church.  The Greek word for “servant” here is “slave,” one that is totally subservient to someone else.  Peter, “slave” of Christ, is simply passing on truth as given to him by his Master.  As an appointed Apostle, and a leader of the twelve disciples, Peter was the highest human authority figure in the Church.  Later, the RCC even referred to him as the first Pope.  As a believer, he was a servant to Christ, his savior.  As an Apostle he was subject to Christ as the head of the Church and a shepherd of the flock.  There is purpose in using these two terms “slave” and Apostle” to start Peter’s letter that was addressed to all believers.  He wielded authority as an Apostle—so all believers should heed his message.  And, as a servant, he appealed to them on the basis of their devotion to Christ—rather than coerce them as an authority figure.  And that is the way we should approach Peter’s letter.  Take heed and take action.

 

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