WE ARE IMPERFECT humans in need of “refinement” like a precious metal that requires purification by fire, which is to say we need to be purged of impurities in our faith. First Peter compares this purification to the “testing” of gold, which is accomplished only by the burnishing of the refiner’s fire. We observe in this passage, however, that the opening admonition of First Peter was intended as an encouraging reminder to the persecuted not to look at the immediate pain of their fiery testing but to cultivate the vision to see beyond the “various trials” they currently face in order to glimpse life “born anew” as a result of their faithfulness and endurance.
—John R. Wimmer
Blessed Endurance: Moving Beyond Despair to Hope
From page 36-37 of Blessed Endurance: Moving Beyond Despair to Hope by John R. Wimmer. Copyright © 2017 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
Where do you see God at work in your life? Share your thoughts.
The genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
—1 Peter 1:7, NRSV
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