RS/MP Lesson 8: Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

The additional scriptures listed at the end of this lesson include 2 Peter 1:2-11. This section of the Biblical text struck me as important and so my thoughts today will be based upon these verses. This chapter deals with the theme of hoping for eternal life, which fits very well with the sub-heading of this lesson, “Righteous Latter-day Saints strive to ‘establish a character before God that could be relied upon in the hour of trial.’” As you read this commentary ask yourself (and perhaps your class if you are a teacher) “how can each of these verses help me improve my own personal character as a disciple of Jesus Christ?”

1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

The word “servant” here comes from the Greek word doulos. Doulos is probably more properly translated as bond-servant, in my own translations I generally prefer the word slave. (For a larger commentary on the usage of this word see my notes on Romans 1:1 here.) I bring this up because it is interesting to note that Peter first introduces himself as a slave/servant of Jesus Christ first and as his Apostle second. In other words, it is our relationship to Jesus Christ which defines us, the capacity in which we are called to serve him in is secondary.

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