|1 Peter 1:8-9 |
8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; though you do not see him now, but believe in him, you rejoice with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory,
9 Receiving the end of your faith — the salvation of your souls.3 [Salvation comes after suffering; in fact, there are seven trials every son must endure before salvation and being accepted as a son. "Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. Dan 12:10.]
3 Peter shows that salvation is not believing or faith, rather salvation is the end of faith's obedient journey: Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In that greatly rejoice though it is necessary to suffer a few griefs now through various trials, so that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tried with fire, might result in praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him; though you do not see him now, but believe in him, you rejoice with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith — the salvation of your souls. 1 Pet 1:5-9.
This has been mistranslated to be: you may have to suffer; but there is no mention of may or if necessary in the Greek. The translators, themselves not having suffered at the hand of the Lord, added may and if necessary, thinking that suffering is not necessary. Yet other scriptures clearly state:
Salvation comes after suffering; in fact, there are seven trials every son must endure before being accepted as a son.
As Peter wrote, "you are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation;" and George Fox wrote: "by the same power of God, which is your keeper, you may come to the day of salvation; you may have the song of salvation, and joy of salvation, and comfort of salvation, and the possession of salvation, and be heirs of the same."
Believing is not salvation, as Paul and Peter repeatedly emphasize, writing to churches of believers: