It is quite sobering to recognize that many look at Jesus and find Him to be a rock of offense. But for those who find Him to be their rock of refuge, the privilege of belonging to Him brings with it the only hope for those still offended by Him.
Peter gives us the central truth in this epistle when he calls us, in vs. 9, to recognize that the privilege we have of being in God’s family is for the purpose of showing our world just how magnificent God really is!
One of the most dramatic ways we can testify to the greatness of God in our day is to live out God’s standard for purity. When others see that we are finding great satisfaction in following God’s commands rather than falling for the temptations and counterfeits this world offers, God can use it to open their eyes to their sin and His free salvation.