Fiery Trials

1 Peter 4:12-19

“In the forefront is the doctrine of assurance of ‘divine’ physical health and prosperity through faith. In short, this means that ‘health and wealth’ are the automatic divine right of all Bible-believing Christians and may be procreated by faith as part of the package of salvation, since the Atonement of Christ includes not just the removal of sin, but also the removal of sickness and poverty.” — Stephen Hunt

PROP: Everyone who suffers according to God’s will must entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

  1. Do not be surprised by trials.

“I am now about to take orders and my degree, and go into the world. What will become of me I know not. All I can say is I look for perpetual conflicts and struggles in that life and hope for no other place, but only a cross, while this side of eternity.” — George Whitefield

  1. Rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings.

“Twenty years ago you asked me for the privilege of being a missionary, the privilege of being identified with me. This is it. Don’t you want it? This is what is means: These are not your sufferings, they are mine. All that I ask of you is the loan of your body.” — Helen Roseveare

  1. Do not be ashamed for suffering for your faith in Christ.

“Suffering will both reveal God’s people as he brings them through it and expose those who are not his people as they fail to trust Christ in it. The sheep and the goats (Matt. 25:31-46) are revealed in suffering now, as they will be revealed in final judgment later. We are now in the last days. The end is near. And in this sense, final judgment is already underway in the church through Christian suffering.” — Juan Sanchez

  1. Entrust your souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.