II PETER 1

Roy Osborne 2006

Reprinted July 2014

THE ROYAL SLAVE…WHAT A PRIVILEGE

With this essay, we begin our studies in II Peter.  The number on each essay represents its number in the sequence, not the chapter.   It is necessary, perhaps, to say a word about this book.   I am aware that many Biblical scholars doubt the genuineness of II Peter.   It was the last book admitted to the Canon of the New Testament.   For our purposes, however, it really does not matter who the author was, nor the date of the writing.   It was obviously penned by a dedicated Christian who was quite aware of the importance of the things discussed.   We are only interested in examining great themes which help us to bring our lives into closer harmony with the attitudes and purposes of New Testament Christianity.   Hence, we will treat the concepts developed here as if they were written by Peter, and examine their relevance to our lives.

Peter begins this letter by calling himself an apostle and servant of Jesus Christ. However, the word he uses for servant is a word in the Greek which means slave.   A servant had certain rights and privileges, but a slave had none.   He was the possession of the master, and the master’s will was his total law.   The interesting thing is that Peter and other Biblical men of faith proudly wore this title.   They were proud of the fact that they had completely turned their will and person over to the Father, and were totally bound by His will.

In our society, too many people choose their heroes from the successful athletes and Hollywood actors in the headlines.   They choose their clothes, and, unfortunately, their behavior patterns in imitation of these somewhat less than ideal people.   As a result, their lives are sensual, self-serving, often grossly immoral and empty.   As your role model is, so you become.   It is not something to be proud of, for you give up your personal integrity, and the dignity of being your own person in the process.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every Christian took pride in turning his individual self over to the One who made him in the first place, and who can clothe him, even here in this pagan world, with truth and dignity that  nothing else affords.   What a great privilege to be the doulos (slave) of the Giver of every good and perfect gift, and the Master Designer of the Universe

The next time someone asks what church you belong to, your best answer is, “I am a servant of the King. The label doesn’t matter”.

In my preaching, I often tell the audience that I have only one sermon, and I just preach it over and over from different perspectives.   That one sermon is simply this: “The Father wants you to have a personal relationship with Him through His Son”. Earlier in this series, I said that Christianity is relationships.   I repeat, the ultimate goal of the entire Bible is to return man to his original relationship with God, which was lost when the inhabitants of the Garden counted their personal independence to be more important than a close relationship with the Father.   There is no higher ambition, no status of which you can be more proud, no more glorious dignity than being possessed by the One who loves you most and wants you with Him.