Bible: I Peter 1:3-12
New Birth to Joy and Holiness
1:3 Blessed be 1 the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1:4 that is, 2 into 3 an inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. It is reserved in heaven for you, 1:5 who by God’s power are protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1:6 This brings you great joy, 4 although you may have to suffer 5 for a short time in various trials. 1:7 Such trials show the proven character of your faith, 6 which is much more valuable than gold – gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away 7 – and will bring praise 8 and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 9 1:8 You 10 have not seen him, but you love him. You 11 do not see him now but you believe in him, and so you rejoice 12 with an indescribable and glorious 13 joy, 1:9 because you are attaining the goal of your faith – the salvation of your souls.
1:10 Concerning this salvation, 14 the prophets 15 who predicted the grace that would come to you 16 searched and investigated carefully. 1:11 They probed 17 into what person or time 18 the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when he testified beforehand about the sufferings appointed for Christ 19 and his subsequent glory. 20 1:12 They were shown 21 that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things now announced to you through those who proclaimed the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven – things angels long to catch a glimpse of.