2 Peter 1. Forum Discussion

For today’s blog, let’s start at the beginning. Peter begins his second letter by writing, “Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ.”

What does that mean?

What is a bond-servant of Jesus Christ?

If you put a search online for “Bible meaning bond-servant”, it will come up with the following definition:

Question: "What is a bondservant / bond-servant?"

Answer: A bondservant is a slave. In some Bibles the word bondservant is the translation of the Greek word doulos, which means “one who is subservient to, and entirely at the disposal of, his master; a slave.” Other translations use the word slave or servant.

In Roman times, the term bondservant or slave could refer to someone who voluntarily served others. But it usually referred to one who was held in a permanent position of servitude. Under Roman law, a bondservant was considered the owner’s personal property. Slaves essentially had no rights and could even be killed with impunity by their owners.

Peter is trying to convey through his writing that he is utterly and completely devoted to serving Christ. What an amazing way to start a letter and what a positive example to us all that is.

Later in chapter 1, Paul writes, “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,  and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,  and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.  For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 2 Peter 1:5-8 

Each of these is a Godly virtue that we can exercise, like you would a muscle:

  • Diligence in our faith
  • Moral excellence
  • Knowledge
  • Self-control
  • Perseverance
  • Godliness
  • Brotherly kindness
  • Love

Peter tells us through the inspired word of God that if you have these qualities, “They render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Taken together, the list may seem big and perhaps even overwhelming.

Taken one at a time, however, they are much easier to digest and will make us better servants for God through our Savior, Jesus Christ.

If we seek God and make a conscious effort to exercise each of these attributes of God, we will grow in our knowledge and in our effectiveness in helping others to find Christ. There is nothing that we can do with our limited time on earth that is more important than that. Amen


Thank you God for revealing your plan for us! Help me to build on these virtues and turn away from sin.