I Pet. 1:3-16
Peter admonished his readers to realize that even though they were in a state of persecution, this suffering was only temporary and that their faith was more precious than gold. Gold will eventually be destroyed, but faith can endure forever.
Christians possess the salvation of which the inspired prophets of old wrote. Those prophets could not fully comprehend the times of their fulfillment even after diligent searching.
The apostle had pointed out to his readers the great blessings they had in Christ. It was their responsibility even in the face of persecution to determine within themselves that they would press forward in obedience, not turning back to their old lives.