Peter knew more than most what it meant to be led astray after his catastrophic denial of Jesus at the time of the crucifixion, but also some 15 years later when he had been led astray by a legalism faction. He gives a strong warning to be on the lookout, and reminds us God can rescue us too.
After the circumstances of his commissioning by Jesus, Peter quickly came to learn that one did not have to be perfect to serve Christ, but one did need to have both giftedness and willingness. He urges us to be willing to serve and gives some practical tips for leaders and workers today.
The young Peter was not the sort to let injustice pass, and was quick to stand up for himself. Now he reminds us that living in peace is a higher priority in our relationships, and opens God’s face to us.
Peter had always been a family man, and seems to have worked closely with his wife. In those days it was revolutionary to describe one’s wife as an ’equal partner in God’s gift of new life’ and as he links a right relationship with his wife as being crucial to the health of his prayer life, we see how good relationships are crucial to our life as Christians.
When Simon was told that he would henceforth be called Peter (meaning Rock) and later when Jesus told him that he would be the first living stone of the church, he must have pondered what this was about. Then the Holy Spirit revealed to him the true picture of the church, founded on Jesus Christ, and we see our part in that too.