In this section of Peter’s letter to suffering Christians in exile, he’s been explaining that God-honoring submission is a key tool in kingdom expansion. The last two weeks, he’s talked about how Christ-followers are to relate to government and to their employers, and now he shifts into the dynamics of a Christian marriage. Peter first pleads with wives to be subject to their husbands, just as the church submits to Jesus. He encourages these godly women to focus on their inner soul beauty more than their external dress or jewelry. He points them to Sarah in the Old Testament as an example to pursue as he points out that the strength of submission is a mark of the daughters of the kingdom who fear nothing in this world. This may be one of the most unpopular texts in the whole bible because it flies right in the face of our modern sensibilities. And yet, it’s only as we structure our marriages as a picture of the gospel that we begin to flourish as husbands and wives. It’s only as we begin to live in God’s design for marriage that we show the world a glimpse of the beauty of Jesus who willingly submitted Himself to redeem us all.