Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From First Peter 1

 

To those who are elect . . . according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. *** Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! *** According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you  *** Now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. *** Though you have not seen him, you love him. ***  Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory  *** Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. *** As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, *** As he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” ***  You were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. *** He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you *** Love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God  The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever. *** This word is the good news that was preached to you.

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