1 Peter 1:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Peter 1:8, NIV: "Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,"

1 Peter 1:8, ESV: "Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,"

1 Peter 1:8, KJV: "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:"

1 Peter 1:8, NASB: "and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,"

1 Peter 1:8, NLT: "You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy."

1 Peter 1:8, CSB: "Though you have not seen him, you love him; though not seeing him now, you believe in him, and you rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy,"

What does 1 Peter 1:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Christianity—our faith in Christ, the Son of God—is not about a process or a system or a philosophy. It's not a way of looking at the world or improving ourselves as human beings. It's about a person. It's about trusting and loving a person.

Peter had seen Jesus, and had been personally trained by Him. Peter knew and loved Christ as a man, and as God, based on three years of personal, face-to-face experience. Peter saw Jesus alive after seeing Him dead. The vast majority of the believers reading Peter's words had never seen the Messiah with their own eyes. Peter seems to marvel at their believing and loving Christ without seeing Him. Maybe Peter was remembering what he heard Jesus say to Thomas, who believed in the resurrection only after personally seeing Jesus' wounds: "…Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" (John 20:29).

As in verse 6, Peter assumes that faith and love this concrete, this real, results in real rejoicing. Saving faith in Christ brings with it a joy which can't be expressed. Words can't contain it. It's a joy full of glory, reflecting our future with Christ in the moment in front of us. Again we see that the choice to rejoice, even the middle of our trials, is an act of faith. It doesn't require soaring emotions, but it certainly can contribute to them. Joy flows from our growing confidence in the Christ we love.