But there is a part you play; before you get there you must pass a provisional test. That’s right you’ve to endure many trials, and manifold temptations while down here on Earth. Your faith has to be tried with fire, and prove that you love, whom you have not seen, even, "though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory" 1 Peter 1:8. These trials are only to test your faith, to see whether or not it is strong and pure. So if your faith remains strong after being tried of the fiery trials, it will bring you much praise at the end, and glory and honor on the day of his return. Your reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your soul. And the apostle says, "pass the time of your sojourning here in fear" 1 Peter 1:17.
This salvation was something the prophets did not fully understand, "Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow" 1 Peter 1:10-11.
Though they wrote about this salvation, they had many questions as to what it all could mean. They wondered what the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about. They wrote down the events which, since then, have happened to Christ: his suffering, death, resurrection, and glory afterwards. And they wondered when and to whom all this would happen. But "unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into" 1 Peter 1:12.
The Apostle exhorts us, "Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation" 1 Peter 1:13-15.
The grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ means "God paid a ransom to save you from the impossible road to heaven "with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God" 1 Peter 1:19-21.
However, I said pass the time of your sojourning here in fear, why? Because "your heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favourites when he judges" He will judge each one of us with perfect justice for everything we do; so act in reverent fear of him from now on until you get to heaven.
Because of this, your faith and hope should rest in God alone, and the gospel is preached that this is made possible when you trust Christ to save you; he will give you a new life, trust him with all your heart, and remember "the word of the Lord endureth for ever" 1 Peter 1:25.
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|1 Peter||1||The Road to Heaven|
|1 Peter||2||You’re a chosen generation|
|1 Peter||3||We’re one big happy family|
|1 Peter||4||Can a transgender be saved | Partakers of Christ’ Sufferings|
|1 Peter||5||Advice for church elders|