Why do you think Jesus called Peter "Simon," sometimes? The answer might not be what you've always heard.
This last part of chapter 2 opens up much-discussed topics: human freedom and that grey area between claims of faith and falling away from faith.
Peter teaches us to hold two truth loosely together--we have everything we need from God, it is now our responsibility to use it well.
The second century church accepted this document as having come from Peter’s hands, and almost unanimously accepted Peter’s second letter as well (and, of course, both were included in the canon of scripture).
Peter was not only the slave of God, but a trained and highly skilled apostle. Here is lowest humbling and highest exaltation braided together.
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.
Like the overture to a symphony, John’s first chapter introduces themes he will revisit throughout his gospel, in this twenty-minute multi-media presentation.
“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.