The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)…
Peter places foremost —
I. The PROPHETIC office of Christ. God has proclaimed peace by Him; hence the message of peace, the Word, the doctrine of Christ, comes into the foreground. Next come the works of Christ (ver. 38) — the deeds harmonised with the Word. The Word proclaimed, the deeds effected, peace and salvation. The deeds corroborated the Word; and if Christ were now to cease to bestow salvation, freedom, peace on enslaved souls, His Word of the gospel would find no more belief.
II. The PRIESTLY office of Christ.
1. In His death (ver. 39).
2. In His resurrection, by which the atonement was completed and accepted.
3. In His bestowment of the virtues of His atonement — remission of sins through faith.
III. The KINGLY office of Christ.
1. He is Lord of all (ver. 36).
2. He is Judge of quick and dead (ver. 42).He is highly exalted, the Lord of all men, Jews and Gentiles, so that all are bound to honour and obey Him. The climax of this glory is that Christ is appointed Judge of the world, even of the dead; so that His kingly power embraces even the lower regions, and generations long since dead, as well as those who are still unborn.
(G. V. Lechler, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)