Christians in China have revealed new details about the Communist Party’s ongoing crackdown on religion.
— Read on www.christianpost.com/amp/china-banning-baptisms-forcing-removal-last-supper-art-crackdown-churches-226733/
Christians in China have revealed new details about the Communist Party’s ongoing crackdown on religion.
— Read on www.christianpost.com/amp/china-banning-baptisms-forcing-removal-last-supper-art-crackdown-churches-226733/
Isaiah 44:6 – Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I [am] the first, and I [am] the last; and beside me [there is] no God.
Isaiah 43:10 – Ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I [am] he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
Everything that is worthwhile depends upon your concept of God. And today, like never before, we need to get a glimpse of God. Not any god, and not many gods, but the one true God.
Every once in a while, leftists will slip up and tell us what they really think about America. In the opening segment of “The Laura Ingraham Show,” Ingraham sys that due to the current immigration situation, the United States is getting lost in “the left’s effort to remake America.”
“In some parts of the country, it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore,” she said. “Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like.”
— Read on www.thesechristiantimes.com/2018/08/11/the-america-that-we-know-and-love-doesnt-exist-anymore-the-dark-examples-of-the-lefts-effort-to-remake-america-into-a-socialist-country-is-frightening/
by Mel LawrenzMonday, August 6, 2018
The ever-widening scandal of Pastor Bill Hybels’ behavior with women over many years is only the outermost edge of the shockwave. Equally as devastating has been the woeful response of Willow Creek’s leaders. The resignation of Hybel’s successor, Steve Carter, with a stinging rebuke of Willow Creek’s leaders’ response, all before the convening of the Global Leadership Summit, ought to put hundreds of thousands of Christian leaders around the world on notice: This is a time reckoning. And an opportunity to correct.
This teachable moment will not last long before we all move on with the busyness of our work. If this crisis is only seen as one man’s transgressions with women, the bigger picture will be missed. Whenever there is a decades-long ethical and moral failure there is a spiritual reason the sickness of the situation can go on. Institutions are powerful. We need institutions for sustained and long-term influence. But leaders of institutions often try to protect their institutions at the cost of integrity.
Every virtue has a corresponding vice. For leaders, the virtues of conviction and strength are only a short step away from pride and arrogance. Pride comes before the fall. This time is an opportunity for all Christian leaders to ask God’s help in cleansing from arrogance.
Arrogance also blinds us. We don’t see clearly. Some principles are embraced and repeated with little awareness that they are just wrong enough to steer us toward a cliff. Here are seven untruths that are widely passed on in Christian leadership circles.
— Read on www.thebrooknetwork.org/2018/08/06/the-willow-creek-crisis-time-of-reckoning-for-all-leaders/
READING: Jeremiah 13-16
“They will be like this underwear, of no use at all.”
It’s not often you read about underwear in the Bible, but today’s reading addresses that unusual topic. In a dramatic picture to make His point, God told Jeremiah to hide dirty underwear and then retrieve the ruined garment. God’s point was that He had clung to His people, but they had become like that useless garment to Him in their idolatrous rebellion.
It’s the description of their rebellion that convicts my heart today: “These evil people, who refuse to listen to me, who follow the stubbornness of their own hearts, and who have followed other gods to serve and bow in worship—they will be like this underwear, of no use at all” (Jer. 13:10). Refusing to listen to God . . . being stubborn, and staying that way . . . finding other gods to follow . . . and living in great pride before the God who loved them and called them – that’s the picture of their lives.
And, I then must ask if I ever hear God’s Word but don’t follow it. Am I ever stubborn in my rebellion? Do I have any other gods that I follow? Am I ever so arrogant that I choose to remain in my rebellion? I pray that my answers to these questions are always, “no,” but Jeremiah 13 reminds me that even God-followers can fall in that direction.
PRAYER: “God, I’m stubborn. Please help me.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Review and catch up day
And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name, that thou livest, and art dead.
I think we are going to have to restudy this whole teaching of the place of the Holy Spirit in the Church, so the Body can operate again. If the life goes out of a man’s body, he is said to be a corpse. He is what they call “the remains.” … All the remains of the man, and the least part about him, is what you can see there in the funeral home. The living man is gone. You have only the body. The body is “the remains.”
So it is in the Church of Christ. It is literally true that some churches are dead. The Holy Spirit has gone out of them and all you have left are “the remains.” You have the potential of the church but you do not have the church, just as you have in a dead man the potential of a living man but you do not have a living man. He can’t talk, he can’t taste, he can’t touch, he can’t feel, he can’t smell, he can’t see, he can’t hear—because he is dead! The soul has gone out of the man, and when the Holy Spirit is not present in the Church, you have to get along after the methods of business or politics or psychology or human effort. COU107-108
May we cease to simply go through the motions without true life. Infuse us with Your Spirit, Father, that the Church might live! Amen. 
Cessationists often get accused of having nothing beyond an intellectual faith. Our accusers suppose that, because we distrust personal experiences in favor of the Bible, we implicitly deny God’s activity in our lives.
Their assumption couldn’t be further from the truth! I’ll address this topic myself next week, but in the meantime I implore you to find an hour to watch Phil Johnson’s YouTube video on providence. It answered some of my questions, so perhaps it will lay some groundwork for ensuing discussions.
By Elizabeth Prata
We hear so much these days about women being empowered. Needing empowerment. Wanting power. We hear from the feminists that women in today’s church have been oppressed, marginalized, and discriminated against because they do not have the same ‘opportunities’ that men do. Meaning, the feminists are saying women have been denied the equal opportunity to teach men, preach or pastor a church.
This is bunk, of course.
If we go all the way back to Genesis 1:28, we see that God made us male and female. After making humans in 2 genders, God gave both humans a job:
God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
God said to THEM…
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– Episode 2326 –
People are very hopeless
Segment 1 (00:00) – Why people chose to go to Mars
Segment 2 (12:02) – What people are looking for in life
Segment 3 (18:40) – Let’s be clear on the Gospel
Wretched Surprise! (26:35) – Sermon Sizzler, Lawson, What is the Gospel?
SON of man—whenever He said that word, He shed a halo round the head of Adam’s children. Jesus Christ called Himself the Son of man to express His oneness and sympathy with His people. He thus reminds us that He is one whom we may approach without fear. As a man, we may take to Him all our griefs and troubles, for He knows them by experience; in that He Himself hath suffered as the “Son of man,” He is able to succor and comfort us. All hail, Thou blessed Jesus! inasmuch as Thou art evermore using the sweet name which acknowledges that Thou art a brother and a near kinsman, it is to us a dear token of Thy grace, Thy humility, Thy love.
even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, (1:6b–7a)
Peter next turns to a source of joy that has immense practical ramifications for believers—confidence in a proven faith. Rather than allow severe trials and persecutions to steal their joy and spoil their anticipation of future blessing in heaven, genuine believers with a biblical perspective know that such sufferings actually can add to their joy as they experience grace and anticipate the future.
In the remainder of verse 6 the apostle lists four concise features of the trouble God uses to prove believers’ faith. First he declares that their troubles are now for a little while. They are transitory (cf. Ps. 30:5; Isa. 54:7–8; Rom. 8:18), literally “for a season,” which means they will pass quickly, as does one’s time on earth. Paul calls them “momentary, light affliction” (2 Cor. 4:17), relative to the “eternal weight of glory.”
Second, troubles come if necessary; that is, when they serve a purpose in believers’ lives (cf. Job 5:6–7; Acts 14:22; 1 Thess. 3:3). God uses troubles to humble believers (Deut. 8:3; 2 Cor. 12:7–10), wean them away from worldly things and point them toward heaven (John 16:33; Rev. 14:13; cf. Job 19:25–26), teach them to value God’s blessing as opposed to life’s pain (4:13; Rom. 8:17–18), enable them to help others (2 Cor. 1:3–7; Heb. 13:3), chasten them for their sins (1 Cor. 11:30; cf. Job 5:17; Luke 15:16–18; Heb. 12:5–12), and to help strengthen spiritual character (Rom. 5:3; 2 Thess. 1:4–6; James 1:2–4; 5:11). Later in this letter Peter sums up troubles’ benefit, “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you” (5:10).
Third, Peter with the term been distressed acknowledges that trouble undeniably brings pain (cf. Gen. 3:16–19; Pss. 42:7; 66:12; 89:30–32). Distressed refers not only to physical pain, but also to mental anguish, including sadness, sorrow, disappointment, and anxiety. By God’s design, trouble needs to be painful in order to refine believers for greater spiritual usefulness (cf. Pss. 34:19; 78:34; 119:71; John 9:1–3; 11:3–4; 2 Cor. 12:10).
Fourth, the apostle notes in verse 6 that Christians experience various trials; troubles come in many forms (James 1:2). The Greek word rendered various is poikilos, which means “many colored.” Later Peter uses the same word (rendered “manifold” in the nasb and kjv) to describe the diverse grace of God (4:10). Just as trouble is diverse, God’s sufficient grace for believers is equally diverse. There is no form of trouble that some facet of divine grace cannot supersede (cf. 1 Cor. 10:13). God’s grace is sufficient for every human trial.
Those simply stated elements implicitly reiterate why trouble should not diminish believers’ joy, and the first half of verse 7 states the reason explicitly: they rejoice so that the proof of [their] faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire. This perspective on trouble not only does not diminish joy but actually produces triumphant joy, since the experience validates Christians’ faith. Proof (dokimion) was used to describe the assaying of metal. The assaying process discovers a metal’s purity and determines its true content and worth after all impurities have been smelted away (Num. 31:22–23; cf. Prov. 17:3; Zech. 13:9). By analogy, God tests the believer’s faith to reveal its genuineness (cf. Job 23:10). (He does this not because He needs to discover who is a true believer, but so that believers will gain joy and confidence in their proven faith [cf. Abraham in Gen. 22:1–19, and the example of the seeds in shallow and thorny soils in Matt. 13:5–7].) The adjectival phrase proof of your faith, more accurately “the tested residue of your faith,” captures the essence of the spiritual assaying process.
In addition to Abraham, the Old Testament contains several other examples of how God put the faith of His people to the test. Exodus 16:4 says, “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction.’ ” In Deuteronomy 8:2 Moses commanded the Israelites, “You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” But the entire book of Job is the classic example of God’s putting a believer to the test. No matter what Satan, with God’s permission, threw at Job, Job never stopped trusting the Lord (Job 1:6–2:10). In spite of his friends’ terribly misplaced efforts at consoling and advising him, and their constantly misjudging him—in addition to his faithless wife’s demand that he curse God and die—Job remained steady and his faith proved real (27:1–6) and was greatly strengthened (42:1–6, 10–17).
Peter used gold in his analogy because it was the most precious and highly prized of all metals (Ezra 8:27; Job 28:15–16; Ps. 19:10; cf. 2 Kings 23:35; Matt. 2:11), and in ancient times it was the basis for most monetary transactions (cf. Ezek. 27:22; Matt. 10:9). Just as fire separates gold from useless dross, so God uses suffering and trials to separate true faith from superficial profession. But even though gold can be purified when tested by fire, it is perishable (cf. James 5:3). However, proven faith is eternal, making it more precious than gold.
The apostles, ministering in the aftermath of Pentecost, are excellent examples of those who went through difficult trials and thus became confident in their proven faith. After the Jewish leaders flogged them for continuing to preach the gospel, “they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name” (Acts 5:41; cf. 4:13–21; 5:17–29, 40–41). They rejoiced not only because God deemed them worthy to suffer for righteousness’ sake, but also undoubtedly because of the confidence they gained in passing the test. They had come a long way since the days when Jesus admonished them for their “little faith” (Matt. 8:26; cf. 16:8; 17:20; Luke 8:25; 17:5), when they forsook Him and fled prior to His crucifixion (Mark 14:27, 50–52), and when Peter denied Him three times (Luke 22:54–62).
may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (1:7b)
The apostle’s discussion of proven faith in the first part of verse 7 actually leads into his main point in the latter half, namely that believers would rejoice in the prospect of a promised honor. True faith will ultimately come through all of life’s troubles and trials and obtain eternal honor from God.
Peter’s focus is not on Christians’ honoring God (though they will, cf. Matt. 28:16–17; John 4:23; 9:38; Rev. 4:10–11), but on His commendation of them. God will grant believers praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Incredibly, believers, who in this life are called to give honor to the Lord always, can by their faithfulness in trials elicit praise from the Lord in the life to come (cf. 1 Sam. 2:26; Pss. 41:11; 106:4; Prov. 8:35; 12:2; Acts 7:46). Near the conclusion of His parable of the talents, Jesus told the disciples,
His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, “Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” (Matt. 25:21–23; cf. 24:47; 25:34; Luke 22:29; 2 Tim. 4:8)
True saving faith and its resultant good works always receive divine commendation. “But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God” (Rom. 2:29). That God would praise saving faith and genuine faithfulness in difficulty is truly amazing, inasmuch as both are gifts of His grace and power in the first place (Eph. 2:8; Phil. 1:29). Such praise for believers demonstrates His supreme generosity (cf. Ex. 34:6; Pss. 33:5; 104:24; 2 Cor. 8:9).
Peter also uses the term glory, which, like praise, refers to that which believers receive from God. This echoes the apostle Paul’s teaching: “[God] will render to each person according to his deeds: to those [believers] who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life … glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Rom. 2:6–7, 10). Glory may relate best to the Christlikeness God will endow every believer with (John 17:22; Rom. 9:23; 1 Cor. 15:42–44; 2 Cor. 3:18; Phil. 3:21; Col. 3:4; 2 Thess. 2:14; 1 John 3:2). Jesus Christ was God incarnate (John 1:14), and the apostle John says, “We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is” (1 John 3:2).
Honor likely refers to the rewards God will give to believers because of their service to Him. Paul explains this in more detail in 1 Corinthians 3:10–15.
According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. (cf. 9:25; 2 Cor. 5:10; Col. 3:24; James 1:12; 1 Peter 5:4; 2 John 8; Rev. 21:7; 22:12)
This threefold tribute (praise and glory and honor) occurs at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Revelation (apokalupsei) refers to the second coming of Christ and particularly focuses on the time when He returns to reward His redeemed people. Later in this same chapter Peter again directs his audience to these realities: “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1:13; cf. 4:13; Rom. 8:18; 1 Cor. 1:7–8; 2 Thess. 1:5). In His parable of the expectant steward, Jesus spoke of such eager anticipation of eternal reward:
Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them. (Luke 12:35–37)
None of these passages, however, indicate that believers have to wait until Christ’s return before He finds their faith genuine. The reality of their faith is already validated by their faithful enduring of trials and testings. It is an amazing truth that when Jesus returns for His own, not only will they joyfully serve Him, but also He will graciously serve and honor them.
7 One can withstand pain, hardship, and deprivation if there is a goal—and subsequent motivation—impelling one onward. Such is poignantly demonstrated by the athlete, who will endure (at least, to the average person) indescribable hardship—both physically and psychologically—for the sake of the prize, the reward, the crown, the trophy. For this reason, the readers are reminded of the goal of persevering faith and the reward that awaits: that it “result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” The verb “result,” εὑρίσκω, heuriskō (GK 2351), hints at judgment, i.e., a day of moral reckoning, and therefore gives an early hint in the letter of vindication for the righteous. (Note Paul’s use of the athletic metaphor in 1 Corinthians 9:24–27, where he speaks of beating his body for the sake of the prize that lies ahead; cf. also Ac 20:24; Gal 2:2; Php 2:16; 3:14; 1 Ti 1:18; 2 Ti 2:5; 4:7. For the apostle, the athletic metaphor has crucial parallels to Christian living, without an understanding of which the believer risks disqualification.)
1:7 / The purpose of trials for the believer is said to involve faith. The reference is not to saving faith, which looks back to the moment of an individual’s conversion, but to the sterling quality of loyalty to Christ in everyday living, especially at a time of trial (as again in 4:12 and 5:9).
Although gold is among the most precious of metals on earth, it can by its nature belong only to this passing world. People may consider it well worth their while going to great lengths to cleanse it from impurities, yet the treasures of the spirit are of far greater true value, and indeed eternal in quality (Ps. 19:10; 119:27; Prov. 3:11). As gold is nevertheless subjected to fire in the purifying process, so too the Christian’s faith must be refined. “Faith is not known to be what it is, unless it is tested by suffering” (Plumptre, p. 95).
The triumphant proving of faith through trials will redound in praise, glory and honor at the second coming, when Jesus Christ is revealed in all his majesty. The thought here is not primarily that Jesus will be glorified by his followers’ loyalty, however true that is. It is the believers themselves who will receive praise, glory and honor (Rom. 2:7, 10; 1 Cor. 4:5), for such will be the expression of his “well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:21).
1:7. Why does God allow this suffering to occur? Faith is being proved genuine through the trials. One purpose of trials is to sift out what is genuine in a person’s faith. Followers of God, in both the Old and New Testaments, know that God uses trying circumstances to test the hearts and lives of his people in order to mature them spiritually. Through difficulties God often tests whether our faith is genuine.
Peter cemented his point with the illustration of a goldsmith. To form a useful object, raw gold must be cast into a mold. For that to occur, the solid ore must be melted, requiring a temperature of 1,900 degrees Fahrenheit. When the gold is melted, the impurities rise to the surface, where they are skimmed off or burned off. A goldsmith knows the gold is ready to cast when the liquid gold becomes mirror-like and he can see his face reflected in the surface.
The parallel in a believer’s life is obvious. Through the refining heat of trials, we as followers of Jesus Christ grow spiritually and thus reflect more of Christ’s character in our lives. The language of this illustration may also refer to the first-century process of making pottery. Potters baked clay pots to give them strength. The process sometimes cracked pots that had flaws, but the ones that survived the process were then marked with the same Greek word that Peter used here (dokimos) for “genuine.”
Warren Wiersbe reminds us, “The trials of life test our faith to prove its sincerity. A faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted. A person who abandons his/her faith when the going gets tough is only proving that he/she really had no faith at all” (Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Hopeful [Wheaton, Illinois: Victor Books, 1982], p. 25.)
Peter moved his focus from our present life to look forward to the day of the second coming of Christ and the testimony our approved faith will declare on that day. The faith of these first-century Christians met with scoffing, rejection, and persecution on earth. When the Lord returns, the scene will be reversed. Gold is certainly valuable, Peter said, but it is not as valuable as our proven faith. Gold is temporary, but out proven faith is eternal. The fact that our faith in Jesus is tested and has been proven genuine results in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
God’s purposes in present grief may not be completely known in a week, a year, or even a lifetime. In fact, some of God’s purposes will not even be known when believers die and go to be with the Lord. Some will only be discovered when Christ is revealed to everyone at the Second Coming.
7. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Note these features:
Peter seems to anticipate the question about why a believer has to experience trials in his life. He replies, “These have come so that your faith … may be proved genuine.” A literal translation of the Greek has this reading: “So that the testing of your faith … may prove to be for praise and glory” (MLB).
God tests the believer to see if his faith is genuine. Thus he asks Abraham to go to Mount Moriah to sacrifice Isaac (Gen. 22:1–19), and does so to prove Abraham’s faith. In the case of Job, God permitted Satan to attack the believer (Job 1:6–2:10). Testing is a process that demands time. But after time has elapsed and the process of testing has ended, the result of the test becomes visible, namely, a genuine faith.
Abraham triumphed in faith when he heard the angel of the Lord say, “Now I know that you fear God” (Gen. 22:12). Because of Job’s faith, God “blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first” (Job 42:12). In fact, God doubled Job’s possessions. Note that the word testing occurs twice in the New Testament, here and in James 1:3, “The testing of your faith develops perseverance.” Each writer uses the word for his own purposes.
Whereas James writes that “the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (1:3), Peter compares this testing to the process by which gold is refined. Throughout the centuries gold has been treasured as a precious and stable commodity. “This highly prized metal is mentioned 385 times in the Bible, more often than any other metal.” Gold serves as a standard in determining monetary transactions (see also 1 Peter 1:18).
Peter states that faith is of greater value than gold; faith excels this universally prized commodity because it originates in heaven and is a gift of God. Faith is everlasting (1 Cor. 13:13). By contrast, gold eventually perishes through use or abuse. This precious metal is refined by fire so that all impurities are removed and pure gold of 24 karats remains. Peter, however, observes that even though gold is refined by fire, it perishes. The obvious implication of the comparison is that if perishable gold is purified, how much more should abiding faith be tested in the life of the Christian? The believer expresses true faith by completely trusting God. He knows that “God will meet all [his] needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).
What is the result of faith that is tested? Peter answers that it results “in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” He is not giving this sequence of three responses to embellish a sentence. The believer proclaims his praise to God in prayer, psalm, and hymn. His praise includes gratitude to God for the divine favor given to him through Christ Jesus.
The terms glory and honor occur in doxologies (refer to 1 Tim. 1:17; Rev. 4:11). The believer shall share in heavenly glory and honor when at the end of his earthly life he enters the presence of Jesus Christ. Peter says that these three qualities are present “when Jesus Christ is revealed.” He does not tell us when Jesus will return, but he refers to the appointed time when every eye shall see Jesus. Then all believers in heaven and on earth will sing praises and attribute honor and glory to the Son of God.
Practical Considerations in 1:7
Gold is the monetary standard among the nations of the world and serves to determine the value of currencies. The value of gold, however, is set by world markets. That is, man determines the price of gold.
By comparison, faith, which is more precious than gold, originates not in the mines of the earth but in heaven. Faith is refined in the crucible of man’s trials. Faith is God’s gift to man. God, not man, determines the value of faith; and he reveals that the goal of man’s faith is his salvation (1:9).
Greek Words, Phrases, and Constructions in 1:7
χρυσίου—the genitive case is due to the comparative adjective πολυτιμότερον (more precious).
δέ—this participle is more than a conjunction. It is adversative and means “nevertheless.”
εὑρεθῇ—from the verb εὑρίσκω (I find), this form is the aorist passive subjunctive. For the passive, God is the implied agent.
ἀποκαλύψει—the noun signifies the objective revelation of Jesus Christ. The ending of the noun indicates that this revelation is a process.
1:7 There is further comfort for suffering saints in knowing that their sufferings are neither purposeless nor fruitless. The sufferings of the ungodly are only a foretaste of the pangs of hell which they will endure eternally. This is not true for the Christian. One of the many beneficial purposes of afflictions in this life for the child of God is to test the genuineness of his faith. Peter contrasts our faith with gold. Of all the substances known to man, gold is one of the most imperishable. It can be subjected to intense heat and might seem to be indestructible. But the truth is that gold perishes through use, pressure, and fire.
True faith is indestructible. The believer may undergo severe tests and trials, but instead of destroying his faith, they become food for faith to feed on. Job probably sustained heavier losses in one day than any other man in the history of the world, yet he was able to say, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15). The three men in the Babylonian furnace were literally tested by fire. The fire proved their faith to be real. Also it burned away the ropes that held them, setting them free (Dan. 3:12–30). And during their flaming ordeal, they had the companionship of One “like the Son of God.” The genuineness of faith can be proved only by fire. When prevailing conditions are favorable, it might be easy to be a Christian. But when public confession of Christ brings persecution and suffering, then the casual followers drift away and are lost in the crowd. A religion which costs nothing is worth nothing. Faith which refuses to pay the price is spurious. It is the kind of say-so faith that James condemns.
Genuine faith will result in praise, honor, and glory when Jesus Christ is revealed. This simply means that God will reward every instance of faith that stood the test. He will praise those who are joyful though surrounded by trouble. He will award honor and glory to tried and suffering believers who were able to accept their tribulations as a vote of confidence from Him.
This will be apparent when Jesus Christ comes back to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords, and all those whom the world rejected will be shown clearly to be sons of God. A comparison of Scripture indicates that rewards will be announced at the Judgment Seat of Christ, in heaven, after the Rapture. But the public display of these rewards apparently takes place at the Second Advent of Christ.
1:7. These various trials—which seem to refer to persecution rather than life’s normal problems—have two results: (a) they refine or purify one’s faith—much as gold is refined by fire when its dross is removed, and (b) trials prove the reality of one’s faith. Stress deepens and strengthens a Christian’s faith and lets its reality be displayed. The word dokimazomenou, rendered proved genuine, means “to test for the purpose of approving” (cf. dokimion, “testing,” in v. 7 [“the trial of your faith,” kjv] and James 1:3, and dokimon, “test,” in James 1:12).
In addition to comparing faith to gold, Peter contrasted purified faith with purified gold. Faith is more precious, of greater worth, than gold. Even refined gold, though it lasts a long time, eventually perishes (cf. 1 Peter 1:18; cf. James 5:3). It will be valueless in the marketplace of eternity. But faith “purchases” an inheritance that can never perish.
Genuine faith is not only of ultimate value to its possessor, but it will also bring praise, glory, and honor to the One whose name Christians bear, when He will return (is revealed; cf. 5:1) to claim them as His own. “Is revealed” translates apokalypsei, from which comes “apocalypse” (cf. 1:5, 12, and comments on v. 13).
 Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Epistles of Peter and the Epistle of Jude (Vol. 16, pp. 47–49). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.
 MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2252). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.