Written by Joseph Cameneti
What is the Bible referring to in First Peter when it talks about our faith being tested by fire?
Let's examine those verses:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.
The entire book of First Peter deals with the subject of the Christian being persecuted for living a holy, separated life. Faith, in this passage, refers to our belief in Jesus.
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love.
Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith - the salvation of your souls.
(1 Peter 1:3-9)
The various trials that test our faith are compared to fire; these trials refer to persecution. When we are persecuted and endure hard times because of our Christian faith, yet continue to serve God, the genuineness of our faith is revealed.
We prove that we are going to be faithful to what we believe. Our faith is tested with fire!
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