With Joy Unspeakable And Full Of Glory
“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:6-9
Indeed we rejoice in our salvation, in Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for our lives knowing that we have hope of eternal life after death because of Him. Heaven will be such an exceedingly great reward that this present world’s trials will not even be remembered.
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
We suffer persecution because we believe and declare the truth in the midst of a demonic resistance to all things, Godly, virtuous and wise. We suffer persecution because we are not given to evil and to wishing the worst on our enemies, but precisely because we choose to love them and bless them, to do good to them and pray for them.
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you…” Matthew 5:44
We are surrounded by temptations that can and often do weigh us down, the temptation to hate, to react to the assaults of those who hate us, to not be loving, but to be judgmental in the midst of a barrage of lies and false accusations and we are tempted by the baser desires of the flesh that war against our spirit.
Yes, because of all these our faith is being tried and this trial is not one necessarily of physically suffering alone. It is a trial of our faith to believe that things will ever get better, that we will see better days and that we will recover from the darkness that seems to be looming ever greater over and around us.
But, rather than resisting the trial we should embrace it, because it is in the trial that our faith is made stronger to resist the temptation. By our resistance to temptations we are being refined as gold, but even greater than gold our refining by the fire of faith will result in praise and honor and glory when we appear before Jesus our Messiah, the Anointed One.
“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory…”
It is our faith that ties us with a sure and steadfast belief that Jesus Christ is alive today and is coming again. We have placed our entire lives and the hope of eternity in Him and Him alone. We love Him, because He first loved us and gave Himself for us. We are confident and sure that nothing shall separate us from His love. Though we have not seen Him we absolutely believe Him, because the evidence of His love and sacrifice are all around us and most certainly because the Holy Spirit is now in us testifying to the truth of His Word and His Life.
So, we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of Glory. It’s not a joy that the world can understand because they have not seen Him and do not know Him. But our joy proceeds from our faith in God and in His Word, which is sealed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit and by that which God has manifested of His goodness toward us in healings, in provisions, in revelations, in blessings and favor, in prosperity, in inner peace and outward joy, all of which are the out-working of our soul’s salvation through the suffering, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord.