Bible: 1 Peter 18-19
1:1 From Peter, 1 an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those temporarily residing 2 abroad 3 (in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, the province of Asia, 4 and Bithynia) who are chosen 5 1:2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father by being set apart by the Spirit for obedience and for sprinkling 6 with Jesus Christ’s blood. May grace and peace be yours in full measure! 7
New Birth to Joy and Holiness
1:3 Blessed be 8 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, 9 into 10 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, 11 although you may have to suffer 12 for a short time in various trials. 1:7 Such trials show the proven character of your faith, 13 which is much more valuable than gold – gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away 14 – and will bring praise 15 and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 16 1:8 You 17 have not seen him, but you love him. You 18 do not see him now but you believe in him, and so you rejoice 19 with an indescribable and glorious 20 joy, 1:9 because you are attaining the goal of your faith – the salvation of your souls.
1:10 Concerning this salvation, 21 the prophets 22 who predicted the grace that would come to you 23 searched and investigated carefully. 1:11 They probed 24 into what person or time 25 the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when he testified beforehand about the sufferings appointed for Christ 26 and his subsequent glory. 27 1:12 They were shown 28 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 29 by being fully sober, and set your hope 30 completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 31 1:14 Like obedient children, do not comply with 32 the evil urges you used to follow in your ignorance, 33 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.” 34 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 35 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 36 before the foundation of the world but 37 was manifested in these last times 38 for your sake. 1:21 Through him you now trust 39 in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
1:22 You have purified 40 your souls by obeying the truth 41 in order to show sincere mutual love. 42 So 43 love one another earnestly from a pure heart. 44 1:23 You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. 1:24 For
all flesh 45 is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of the grass; 46
the grass withers and the flower falls off,
And this is the word that was proclaimed to you.