In our study, we look at the confidence that he had in Christ even as he knew he was going to die for his faith. We will also see how we can have that same confidence and be truly free from all fear and doubt. We should remember that this letter was written by the same apostle that denied even knowing Jesus three times before His death. His first letter told us of the hope that he had and what it meant in his daily life. Now, we will see how that hope was made sure and he had the confidence to face what was ahead of him.
He opens this letter by introducing himself and it is important to notice that he put "servant" before "apostle". The actual word that is translated as servant is better translated as bondslave or bondservant which is a much stronger term. There are many leaders today that it seems are more proud of their titles than they are of the fact that they are servants of the living God. Peter remained humble as we see through his putting servanthood ahead of apostleship. He addresses this letter to fellow believers in Jesus Christ and only brothers and sisters in Christ will be able to understand this letter. We also are reminded that our righteousness is not our own (by works) but is given to us through Jesus Christ.
"Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord." NIV translation
In this greeting, we see that grace comes before peace as it is only by that grace that we can have peace with God or anyone else. We also see that they both come from knowledge of God and Jesus. (That is why we study God's Word) Grace is a gift but we cannot accept it if we don't know that it is being offered. We have peace through the Word in that we are saved by the promises of God from what He has said is to come. If we keep our eyes on the fact that we will be raised to reign with Him, then we have an internal peace. That peace does not depend on our present circumstances but is built on the fact that we know they are only temporary.