Peter has been laying out the life in Christ before these believers in the early days of escalating Roman persecution. The life submitted to Christ is one of a love that compels us to fulfill our obligations to Jesus
Having called for submission to Christ, to government and to employees, Peter now commands submission of the wife in the marriage, and integrity in the husband as head of the home. This is God’s word.
Upholding his earlier words in this letter, Peter tells believers to not become rebels, even towards the harsh. As our example, Peter points to our Lord, His Cross for sinners and as a result the multitude of converts.
The apostle encourages believers to remember that this world is not our home, we are strangers passing through to heaven. He tells them to battle sinful appetites, walk as Christ, be lawful, loving and obedient.
Peter makes it clear that the coming Messiah spoken by the prophets is Jesus; metaphorically said to be the rejected cornerstone. Peter then tells us that believers are chosen, royal priests, holy and special.