1 Peter 1 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

We can bless God for the resurrection of Jesus that offers us an inheritance that is preserved in heaven for us. We are even being guarded through God’s power to be revealed at His coming, so this living hope will become a living eternal reality! We are able to rejoice in this even though we face trials of various sorts (the COVID-19 virus currently), knowing that God has a plan for our benefit through any difficulty. Our faith will be tested and refined to become genuine, making it more precious than the most refined gold available. We can then rejoice in the salvation that we have in Christ, knowing that our salvation is the outcome of our faith, and our future inheritance is guaranteed!

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