Bible: 1 Peter 1:6-21

1:6 This brings you great joy, 1  although you may have to suffer 2  for a short time in various trials. 1:7 Such trials show the proven character of your faith, 3  which is much more valuable than gold – gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away 4 and will bring praise 5  and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 6  1:8 You 7  have not seen him, but you love him. You 8  do not see him now but you believe in him, and so you rejoice 9  with an indescribable and glorious 10  joy, 1:9 because you are attaining the goal of your faith – the salvation of your souls.

1:10 Concerning this salvation, 11  the prophets 12  who predicted the grace that would come to you 13  searched and investigated carefully. 1:11 They probed 14  into what person or time 15  the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when he testified beforehand about the sufferings appointed for Christ 16  and his subsequent glory. 17  1:12 They were shown 18  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.

1:13 Therefore, get your minds ready for action 19  by being fully sober, and set your hope 20  completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 21  1:14 Like obedient children, do not comply with 22  the evil urges you used to follow in your ignorance, 23  1:15 but, like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct, 1:16 for it is written, “You shall be holy, because I am holy.” 24  1:17 And if you address as Father the one who impartially judges according to each one’s work, live out the time of your temporary residence here 25  in reverence. 1:18 You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed – not by perishable things like silver or gold, 1:19 but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely Christ. 1:20 He was foreknown 26  before the foundation of the world but 27  was manifested in these last times 28  for your sake. 1:21 Through him you now trust 29  in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

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