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.
What we say and do in times of adversity can have more impact than what we say and do when all is going well. Times of suffering can be perfect opportunities to bear witness to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
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.