Peter has been reminding us of the necessity of suffering, but suffering simply cannot be enjoyed for its own sake. Here he draws our attention to the glory that awaits us as God’s people in the presence of our Lord.
Peter continues his emphasis on voluntary subjection. In chapter three he turns his attention to the relationship between husbands and wives. He finishes the passage with a promise of God’s blessing: the goal of the submissive life.
In this passage we will hear Peter’s instructions regarding the Christian attitude toward authority – and it is extremely instructive to us. Writing from Rome, and living under the tyranny of a maniac who would later literally crucify him, he tells us to submit.
A priest in the Bible is a go-between, mediator, intercessor, or a liaison – someone to stand between people and God. The Bible says we need someone like this because unholy people cannot stand before a perfectly holy God on their own merit. Jesus is the perfect Man for the job.