In digging around the letters by the apostle Peter lately I noticed a rather striking change in his introduction when comparing 1 Peter and 2 Peter.
1 Peter 1:1
“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ”
2 Peter 1:1
“Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ”
In the NLT,which I happened to be reading, the word “servant” was “slave,” which gives a stronger sense of Peter’s change. So what exactly happened? Was Peter demoted?
In a sense, I wonder if Peter demoted himself, realizing what it meant to be a true apostle. Perhaps I make too much of this, but notice that servant/slave comes before apostle. Something radical has happened to Peter in between the writing of these two letters and he makes a huge change in how he thinks of himself.
These words of Peter embody the message of Jesus that the greatest must be the servant (Matthew 23:11).