With the help of Silvanus, who would personally deliver apostle's letter, Peter concluded his teaching with greetings from those who were with him, a final instruction to extend the love of Christ to each other, and a prayer they would experience the peace Jesus gives.
Now Peter closed his letter with words of reassurance and a bracing up of courage. You are not alone! God is with you, I (Peter) am with you, and all the saints are with you in spirit.
voluntary, and their yielding to the teaching and shepherding of the elders was to be willing.
“Whoever would elevate themselves will be brought low, and whoever would lower themselves will be lifted up.” --Jesus
The sense of hierarchical governance and rule are completely wrong in the church setting.
Believers are to see themselves as ones hewn from God, as living rock with a special unity, built upon the Cornerstone of Christ, and as a priesthood whose purpose was to serve and glorify God, remembering his own vivid experience of being named a rock of faith by Jesus.
If we were to combine Jesus’ words with how the disciples and the early church interpreted them, what would our fellowship and assemblies look like today?