Our Faith-1 Peter 1:6-9

1 Peter 1:6-9 “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith — of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire — may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

1 Pietro 1:6-9 “Perciò voi esultate anche se ora, per breve tempo, è necessario che siate afflitti da svariate prove, 7 affinché la vostra fede, che viene messa alla prova, che è ben più preziosa dell’oro che perisce, e tuttavia è provato con il fuoco, sia motivo di lode, di gloria e di onore al momento della manifestazione di Gesù Cristo. 8 Benché non lo abbiate visto, voi lo amate; credendo in lui, benché ora non lo vediate, voi esultate di gioia ineffabile e gloriosa, 9 ottenendo il fine della {vostra} fede: la salvezza delle anime.”

     Knowing that we are saved should cause us to resonate with joy in our soul. It is the knowledge that we have security in the Lord that sustains us during difficult times. Peter’s audience was facing extreme persecution. John also concurs when he writes, “This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4). Peter gives two reasons why trails come our way: firstly, it refines our faith just like gold when it is refined by fire and the dross is removed. Secondly, it proves the reality of our faith (“proved genuine”). Trials will strengthen our faith. When it does, then we know our faith is based on a solid foundation.

     At this point, Peter makes a remarkable statement that would be considered ridiculous to a non-believer: that our faith is more precious, “of greater worth”, than gold. He also gives the supporting argument for such a statement. Gold eventually perishes but our faith has a “goal” (v. 9) of an eternal home with the Lord. Peter continues this theme in 1 Peter 1:18-19 by saying, “knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.” Now that’s a joy that can’t be shaken!

Pray with me: Lord, I know that I am saved but I am reminded again of how valuable my faith is in the midst of life’s issues. Help me to see the big picture of my faith in You.

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