“Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.”
The authors of New Testament epistles always sign their names at the beginning. In every New Testament Epistle, there are two basic landmarks: the writer and the addressee. First, we come to the writer, Peter. Peter was at once a slave and a follower of the Lord Jesus. This is all he says of himself, just those two things. These two ideas balance one another. Although Peter was an apostle, all he was after all was a slave to Jesus Christ.
“Simon” is the Greek spelling and “Peter” is the Hebrew spelling. Simon is the name given to him at birth. Peter is the name given to him by Jesus. Peter did not use his name “Simon” in the first epistle. “Peter” is the Greek translation of “Cephas.” Jesus gave him the name “Peter.” This is the name most commonly used of Peter in the New Testament. The double name may indicate that Peter writes to both Jews and Greeks.
Cephas is an Aramaic word meaning “stone.” Stone translated into Greek and then English comes out Peter. Peter then became his new name when he became a Christian. Peter here uses both his names.
John 1:42 And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).
Peter was Simon the son of Jonah, that would be equivalent to Simon Johnson today!
“So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?’” (John 21:15).
We also know that Peter was married for he had a mother-in-law (Mark 1:30)!
We should not be afraid to identify ourselves with the Lord.
Invariably Peter identifies himself with Jesus Christ. It may make good copy for the news to know where you stand regarding the great leaders of the day. However, this makes no impression on God whatever. What counts in God’s eyes is whether we identify with Christ. When you meet those without Christ, are you courageous enough to advertise who you are?
The question of your eternal destiny revolves around the question “What do you think of Christ?” Your answer to that question will determine your eternal destiny. The issue is not whether you are Protestant or Catholic. Denominations have nothing to do with your salvation. The issue of your salvation revolves around your embracing Jesus as your Savior.
“Saying, ‘What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?’ They said to Him, ‘The Son of David’” (Matthew 22:42).