My Bible study this morning led to me to 2 Peter 1. There is so much in every verse of the epistles of Peter. This was a man who physically walked with Jesus. He denied he knew Jesus and found forgiveness from the Lord for that betrayal. He was an impulsive man in many ways in his youth; that is evident from the writings of the gospels.
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But here in his epistle we see a humble man who has come to realize that nothing in his life is more important than his relationship to Jesus and his obedience to His will. How do I know that?
He introduces himself as Peter, a servant (and Apostle) of Jesus Christ... He shows that he was first a servant - literally a slave in bonds or bondservant then an Apostle only through obedience to Jesus Christ.
He received his commission from Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 along with the others. "Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you..."
He could only fulfill that command when he embraced his servant-hood. And he did. We know from history that he embraced obedience to God above his own desires all the way to death. In Fox's Book of Martyrs, we are told that Peter was crucified even as his Lord was but he made them crucify him upside down because he considered that he was not worthy to hang on the cross in the same way Jesus did.
Crucifixion was considered one of the most shameful ways to die. [The Bible states that "cursed is anyone who hangs on a tree" Deut.21:23 and Galatians 3:13] Peter made it worse by insisting on being crucified upside down.
He was obedient and humble even unto death even death on the cross.