Question: Can you help me to understand persecution and sufferings? Listen to the sermon to find out what Peter says.
1 Peter 1:3-9 3 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, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 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, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.
Here is the summary of what we discussed:
Peter says, because of God's abundant mercy, He birthed you into this living hope through the resurrection of Lord Jesus to an inheritance that is incorruptible, undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, kept by the power of God.
Peter also says, in this you greatly rejoice, even though your faith which is much precious than gold gets tested by various trials which results in praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. You continue to believe the one whom you haven't seen, but greatly rejoice as end of your faith is going to result in salvation of your soul.