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Pastor Neil discusses how God uses suffering and trial His people’s lives to purify them. The fire that will one day judge the world now purifies God’s people through fiery trials by which they glorify God and prepare themselves for eternal glory.
Introduction Heretics, atheists, guilty of outrageous crimes, wickedness, and evil deeds, cannibals, incestuous, guilty of impeding the public good: these are just some of the terms used by Romans to describe Christians in the first century. Christians were mocked, maligned, had their words distorted, and at times, threatened with violence. At the time of Peter’s writing, it was just beginning to happen but had not yet blossomed into full blown persecution leading to martyrdom. Judaism persecuted believers in Jerusalem but…