1 FROM PETER, Grace and peace to you in fullest measure.
apostle of Jesus Christ,
to those of God's scattered people who lodge for a while in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia - 2 chosen of old in the purpose of God the Father, hallowed to his service by the Spirit, and consecrated with the sprinkled blood of Jesus Christ.
Grace and peace to you in fullest measure.
A Living Hope
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his mercy gave us new birth into a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead! 4 The inheritance to which we are born is one that nothing can destroy or spoil or wither. It is kept for you in heaven, and you, 5 because you put your faith in God, are under the protection of his power until salvation comes - the salvation which is even now in readiness and will be revealed at the end of time.
6 This is cause for great joy, even though now you smart for a little while, if need be, under trials of many kinds. 7 Even gold passes through the assayer's fire, and more precious than perishable gold is faith which has stood the test. These trials come so that your faith may prove itself worthy of all praise, glory, and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.
8 You have not seen him, yet you love him; and trusting in him now without seeing him, you are transported with a joy too great for words, 9 while you reap the harvest of your faith, that is, salvation for your souls. 10 This salvation was the theme which the prophets pondered and explored, those who prophesied about the grace of God awaiting you. 11 They tried to find out what was the time, and what the circumstances, to which the spirit of Christ in them pointed, foretelling the sufferings in store for Christ and the splendours to follow; 12 and it was disclosed to them that the matter they treated of was not for their time but for yours. And now it has been openly announced to you through preachers who brought you the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. These are things that angels long to see into.
A Call to Holy Living
13 You must therefore be like men stripped for action, perfectly self-controlled. Fix your hopes on the gift of grace which is to be yours when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14 As obedient children, do not let your characters be shaped any longer by the desires you cherished in your days of ignorance. 15 The One who called you is holy; like him, be holy in all your behaviour, 16 [ Lv.11.44. ] because Scripture says, 'You shall be holy, for I am holy.'
17 If you say 'our Father' to the One who judges every man impartially on the record of his deeds, you must stand in awe of him while you live out your time on earth. 18 Well you know that it was no perishable stuff, like gold or silver, that bought your freedom from the empty folly of your traditional ways. 19 The price was paid in precious blood, as it were of a lamb without mark or blemish-the blood of Christ. 20 He was pre-destined before the foundation of the world, and in this last period of time he was made manifest for your sake. 21 Through him you have come to trust in God who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, and so your faith and hope are fixed on God.
22 Now that by obedience to the truth you have purified your souls until you feel sincere affection towards your brother Christians, love one another whole-heartedly with all your strength. 23 You have been born anew, not of mortal parentage but of immortal, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 [ Is.40.6-8. ] For (as Scripture says)
All their splendour like the flower of the field;
The grass withers, the flower falls;
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