12.) Dear friends, don’t be surprised when the fiery ordeal comes among you to test you as if something unusual were happening to you.
13.) Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of the Messiah, so that you may also rejoice with great joy at the revelation of His glory.
14.) If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
15.) None of you, however, should suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or a meddler.
16.) But if anyone suffers as a “Christian,” he should not be ashamed but should glorify God in having that name.
17.) For the time has come for judgment to begin with God’s household, and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?
18.) And if a righteous person is saved with difficulty,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?
19.) So those who suffer according to God’s will should, while doing what is good, entrust themselves to a faithful Creator.