So far in this letter, Peter has shown us how the gospel drives our vertical identity as Christians, set apart by God, living distinctly as aliens and exiles in a hostile world. But the question that comes next is, how does that same gospel play itself out horizontally in our engagement in that hostile world around us? Inevitably, we're going to find ourselves under harsh, oppressive or even ungodly authority. In those situations, the temptation is either to run or retaliate evil for evil. In this passage, Peter encourages the believer – whether a citizen under an oppressive government or a slave under an oppressive master – toward gospel-centered submission, in such a way that points our oppressors toward Jesus and brings glory to God's name.
From Series: "A Real Hope: Finding Hope In Difficult Times"
Book series: 1 Peter
Many are asking today if there is any hope. Their worlds have been torpedoed and many are in the depths of hopelessness, and they’re wondering if there is any hope for their life, marriage, church, country, and future. Peter reveals the good news - through Jesus there is real hope.