2 Peter 1:1–2 (ESV)
1 Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours
by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus
Peter greets his readers with a salutation that affirms their standing in Christ. All who confess Christ possess “a faith of equal standing.” However, our
hold on faith in Christ can weaken as we are tempted into “false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice” (see SC, Sixth Petition, pp xxxviii–xxxix). Thanks be to God that our Lord’s grace and peace toward us is even greater
than our sins, and that He is ever at work through His Word and Sacraments to strengthen our hold on faith.
I pray: O Lord Jesus, thank You for giving me a faith of equal
standing—even compared to the faith of the apostles. Enable me through Your Word to overcome all that seeks to weaken my faith. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht,
The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009),