Holy Scripture Reading, 1 Peter 4: 16-19, NASB.
16 “But if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER? 19 Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.” (1 Peter 4: 16-19)
Peter’s conclusion is that believers, who are truly justified, saved, and children of God, must experience trails and suffering in this life, what can the ungodly expect on judgment day but God’s Judgment. Without Christ the sinner suffers the “eternal or lasting judgment of God”, whatever this may be! (Fr. R.)