Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye
; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as
a thief, or as
an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
Yet if any man suffer
as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
For the time is come
that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it
at us, what shall the end be
of them that obey not the gospel of God?