“There is more glory under the eye of God, in the sighs, groans, and mournings of poor souls filled with the love of Christ, after the enjoyment of Him according to His promises— in their fervent prayers for His manifestation of Himself unto them— in the refreshments and unspeakable joys which they have in His gracious visits and embraces of His love— than in the thrones and diadems of all the monarchs on the earth.”
–John Owen, The Works of John Owen, The Glory of Christ, Vol. 1, Ed. William H. Goold (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1850), 159.
“The eschatology of 1 Peter is consonant with that found in the rest of the NT. Peter emphasizes that OT prophecies are fulfilled in Jesus Christ: He is the slain lamb and the suffering servant, and the new exodus (redemption) has become a reality through Him.
Jesus is Lord and King, for He triumphed over demonic powers at the cross. They are now subject to Jesus as the victorious and ascended Lord.
Because of God’s work in Christ, believers live between the times. They are born again, redeemed by the blood of Christ, and freed from guilt because the suffering servant died in their place.
All of this took place to bring them to God (3:18), so that they could rejoice in His presence forever.”
–Thomas Schreiner, The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013), 606.