Trial by Fire

“Trial by fire improves gold; it frees it from all debasing alloy, but it does not render it indestructible.  Refine gold as you will, it is, after all, a perishing thing.  But the trial of the faith of the Christian has a nobler result.  Purified and strengthened by the trials it is exposed to under the influence of the Holy Spirit, faith, with all the graces which grow out of it, survives the wreck of all material things, and at the ‘revelation of Jesus Christ is found to praise, and honor and glory’.  The results of all the trails to which they have been exposed in the present state , will be found in that character of perfect conformity to the image of God, in which consist at once their perfect holiness and their perfect happiness”.

-John Brown, from his commentary on 1Peter, P.73

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