From September through December 2021, I taught a Bible study at my local church through the book of 1 Peter. After the 10-week study concluded, I endeavored to edit and refine my gleanings from the text. Now that I have finished, I have a desire to share the fruits of my personal study with the Unsealed family.
We are all going through an intense time of testing and trial right now, and Peter’s message becomes more relevant by the hour. Praise God, this present time before the “end of all things” (1 Pet. 4:7) is the only tribulation and testing the Body of Christ will experience, because we are exempt from the Final Examination that approaches quickly:
Because you kept the word of My endurance, I also will keep you from the hour of the trial (Grk. peirasmos) that is about to come on all the world, to try those dwelling on the earth (Rev. 3:10, LSV).
The Greek term peirasmos (“temptation, testing, trial”) is used a total of 21 times in the New Testament, and Peter uses it in reference to this current time of testing and refinement for the Body of Christ. Ironically, there are 21 judgments (seals, trumpets, and bowls) unleashed upon the world after the Church has been resurrected, removed from the earth, and rewarded for enduring her appointed trials.
Therefore, rejoice, brothers and sisters—all who are members of Christ’s spiritual body! Though you suffer now (for a little while), you will rejoice with even greater joy when He appears and comes to keep you from the hour of trial that is coming (1 Pet. 1:6-9).
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 New King James Version)