Main point summary
Praise be to God because of our salvation and hope that is proven and strengthened through trials.
1 Peter 1:3-9
g Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Praise be to God the Father!
h According to his great mercy, i he has caused us to be born again to a living hope
Because he has brought us back to life and has brought our hope back to life
j through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
by the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus.
to k an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and l unfading, m kept in heaven for you,
Moreover he has given us hope of an inheritance in heaven that will not end, is completely pure, and will not diminish.
who by God’s power are being guarded n through faith
All this for us who are only kept as heirs of this inheritance by God's power
for a salvation o ready to be revealed in the last time.
for the coming salvation in the end.
In this you rejoice ,
You rejoice in the new life he has given
though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by p various trials,
even though we are temporarily enduring trials
so that q the tested genuineness of your faith— more precious than gold that perishes r though it is tested by s fire— may be found to result in t praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
so that our invaluable faith will be proven out to be genuine and lead to even more glory for our great savior.
u Though you have not seen him,
Even though you haven't seen him face to face
you love him.
you nonetheless love Jesus.
v Though you do not now see him,
even though you don't see him currently
you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,
you nonetheless trust him and experience incomprehensible joy
obtaining w the outcome of your faith,
trust which results in
the salvation of your souls.
The connection of 'rejoice' in 8d with 6a was the main reason I made the connection of Idea explanation between 6a-7 and 8-9
Head : The hope and inheritance we have is real, incomprehensibly valuable, and assured. There is nothing we did to earn it, so there is nothing we can do to lose it -- it is God's power that guards us for this inheritance and hope. May we trust fully in God's ability to save and turn our eyes to his power and the hope he has set before us. Heart : Our hearts ought to be joyful at the mere thought of this salvation, this living hope and imperishable inheritance. Our emotions and desires should be stirred up by this hope because it is only by grace that we have received it. This is to be so despite trials which test our faith. Hands : Persevere with joy! Though we face many trials, temptations and griefs we are to push on to the end, by God's power working in us. There will be trials, we can be sure. And we are to persevere through them because it tests and refines our faith which, as Peter says, is more precious than even gold.