Daily Bible Study
1 Peter 4:12,13: "Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trail which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His Glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy." Apparently Peter's readers were astonished that they had to suffer as Christians. The Greek word translated 'fiery trial' here was also used to speak of the intense fire that burned away impurities in metals. 'to try you' - for Christians the purpose of suffering is to prove their true character, to clear away the dross of sin, and allow the pure nature of Christ to show itself. Christians should expect and prepare for suffering.