In writing to those whose dedication to Christ means being out of sync with their culture, Peter directs his readers to see as their great purpose in life “to proclaim the excellencies of Him who called them out of darkness and into light” (2:9). He declares that we can do this through our purity (2:11,12), and our submission to God-given authority (2:13-3:7). In this last section Peter speaks to God’s ordering of the marriage relationship.
It may be startling to realize that our marriages are meant by God to “proclaim” His excellencies. Our relationship as husband and wife may just be the loudest “witness” we have to the fact that God knows what is best for us and is in charge of the way we live and love. In our marriages, we can truly display that we are “uncommon.”
While the biblical roles assigned to husbands and wives may seem counter-culture, they remain the best directions for marriage simply because they come from the inventor of marriage … God himself.