|1 Peter 1:9-12 |
9 Receiving the end of your faith — the salvation of your souls.3
10 Concerning this salvation the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, have inquired and searched diligently,
11 Searching to whom, or in what time the Spirit of Christ who was working in them indicated, when He testified beforehand of the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.
12 It was revealed to them, that it was not to themselves, but to us they made known the things that are now reported to you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven; things that the angels desire to look into.
3 Peter shows that salvation is not believing or faith, rather salvation is the end of faith's obedient journey: Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In that greatly rejoice though it is necessary to suffer a few griefs now through various trials, so that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tried with fire, might result in praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him; though you do not see him now, but believe in him, you rejoice with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith — the salvation of your souls. 1 Pet 1:5-9.
Believing is not salvation, as Paul and Peter repeatedly emphasize, writing to churches of believers: