Summary: Peter tells how a Christian should view trials.

Seeing Through the Fire

1 Peter 4:12-16

I. The Probability of Trials (v. 12)

a. The refining fire (Job 23:10; 1 Peter 1:7)

b. The persecuting fire (John 15:18-21)

II. The Praise in Trials (v. 13-14)

a. Fellowship with Christ (v. 13; 2 Corinthians 1:5; Philippians 3:10)

b. Glory in the future (v. 13; 2 Timothy 2:12)

c. Ministry of the Holy Spirit (v. 14; John 14:16)

III. The Purpose of Trials (v. 15-16)

a. To refine us from our sins (v. 15; 1 Peter 3:17)

b. To strengthen our faith (v. 16; Acts 5:41; Romans 5:1-5)


Job 23:10— 10"But He knows the way I take;

When He has (A)tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

1 Peter 1:7— 7so that the (A)proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, (B)even though tested by fire, (C)may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at (D)the revelation of Jesus Christ;

John 15:18-21— 18"(A)If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19"If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but (B)I chose you out of the world, (C)because of this the world hates you. 20"Remember the word that I said to you, ’(D)A slave is not greater than his master ’ If they persecuted Me, (E)they will also persecute you; if they (F)kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21"But all these things they will do to you (G)for My name’s sake, (H)because they do not know the One who sent Me.

2 Corinthians 1:5— 5For just (A)as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.

Philippians 3:10— 10that I may (A)know Him and (B)the power of His resurrection and (C)the fellowship of His sufferings, being (D)conformed to His death;

2 Timothy 2:12— 12If we endure, (A)we will also reign with Him;

If we (B)deny Him, He also will deny us;

John 14:16— 16"I will ask the Father, and He will give you another (A)Helper, that He may be with you forever;

1 Peter 3:17— 17For (A)it is better, (B)if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.

Acts 5:41— 41So they went on their way from the presence of the (A)Council, (B)rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame (C)for His name.

Romans 5:1-5— 1(A)Therefore, having been justified by faith, (B)we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom also we have (C)obtained our introduction by faith into this grace (D)in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3(E)And not only this, but we also (F)exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about (G)perseverance; 4and (H)perseverance, (I)proven character; and proven character, hope; 5and hope (J)does not disappoint, because the love of God has been (K)poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

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