Intro – Here is Bill Shade with today’s “Moment from God’s Word”.
Message – 1 Peter 1:6,7
Peter continues on the subject of suffering. The suffering he addresses is not the common suffering each of us faces because we are human – not the suffering of sickness or the aches and pains of growing old. Peter is addressing believers who are being persecuted specifically for their faith – because they are followers of Jesus Christ. He characterizes them in two ways in verse 6. First he says they are, greatly rejoicing – the word implies an exultant joy, literally it means to jump for joy. They haven’t won the Publisher’s Sweepstake or the Lottery either. In fact, the next thing he says of them is that they are in manifold temptations: the word is pi-ras-mos’ meaning a testing. And what is being tested? Their very faith is being tested, can they, will they hold on during such a time of trouble in which their very lives are in jeopardy? Well, in verse 7 Peter says that as they do they will come forth as gold, bringing honor to themselves and glory to God at the appearing (the coming) of Jesus Christ. Are you, am I prepared for that kind of suffering?
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