“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.”
of our God
This is one of the greatest verses to prove the deity of Christ. The Greek makes no mistake that God and our Savior Jesus Christ are one person (Matthew 16:16; John 1:1; 20:28; Titus 2:13). The Greek makes the name “God” and “Savior” the same person [Granville Sharp Rule].
Note other great passages that deal with this subject: John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13; 2 Thessalonians 1:12; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 5:20.
and Savior Jesus Christ
The New Testament never calls Jesus “Savior and Lord,” it always calls him “Lord and Savior.” This is the divine order. Experientially, we first come to Christ as Savior then later get to know Him as Lord. The emphasis of the New Testament is upon his Lordship. Savior occurs 16 times in the New Testament but Lord occurs 663 times. All four occurrences of “Lord and Savior” occur in 2 Peter.
“For so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:11).
“For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning” (2 Peter 2:20).
“That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior” (2 Peter 3:2).
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18).
The title “Lord” coveys primarily the idea of the deity of Christ but the deity of Christ implies lordship or sovereignty over our lives. He has the right to dominate us. He has the right to rule over every aspect of our lives.
Can you say, “My life belongs to you. You can do anything you desire with me?”
Peter uses the rare title “Savior” of Jesus no less that five times in this brief epistle (1:1, 11; 2:20; 3:2, 18).
“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).
”For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).
“Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins” (Acts 5:31).
“From this man’s seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior–Jesus” (Acts 13:23)
“For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body” (Ephesians 5:23).
“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14).
It is God-in the form of Christ who saved us from our sin.
Did you know that Jesus is God Almighty? He was God incognito who died on the cross. He is the Son of God.
The Savior saves people from sin and hell. He seeks you. Are you hiding from the Savior? You are not reading this study by accident. He brought you here. He brings you here by divine design. Will you at this divine interjection receive Christ as your personal Savior? Has it come as a shock to you that Jesus is the only Savior of the world? It is not until you come into a personal confrontation with Jesus Christ that He becomes your Savior.