Bible: 1 Peter 1:3-9
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.