E. Rejoicing in Sharing the
Sufferings of Christ
  1. Beloved, do not think that the fiery ordeal among you, coming to you for a trial, is strange, as if it were a strange thing happening to you;
  2. But inasmuch as you share in the sufferings of Christ, rejoice, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice exultingly.
  3. If you are reproached in the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
  4. For let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler into others affairs;
  5. But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this name.
  6. For it is time for the judgment to begin from the house of God; and if first from us, what will be the end of those who disobey the gospel of God?
  7. And if the righteous man is saved only with difficulty, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?
  8. So then let those also who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls in well-doing to a faithful Creator.