I am chosen people living as foreigners in ……….2 God the Father knew me and chose me long ago, and his Spirit has made me holy. As a result, I have obeyed Him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.
May God give me more and more grace and peace.
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by His great mercy that I have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now I live with great expectation, 4 and I have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for me, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through my faith, God is protecting me by His power until I receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
6 So I am truly glad.[b] There is wonderful joy ahead, even though I have to endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that my faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though my faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when my faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring me much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
8 I love Him even though I have never seen Him. Though I do not see Him now, I trust Him; and I rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting Him will be the salvation of my soul.
10 This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for me. 11 They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when He told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and His great glory afterward.
12 They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for me. And now this Good News has been announced to me by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.
13 So I think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to me when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So I must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into my old ways of living to satisfy my own desires. I didn’t know any better then. 15 But now I must be holy in everything I do, just as God who chose me is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”[c]
17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom I pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward me according to what I do. So I must live in reverent fear of Him during my time as “foreigners in the land.” 18 For I know that God paid a ransom to save me from the empty life I inherited from my ancestors. And the ransom He paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose Him as my ransom long before the world began, but He has now revealed Him to me in these last days.
21 Through Christ I have come to trust in God. And I have placed my faith and hope in God because He raised Christ from the dead and gave Him great glory.
23 For I have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. my new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. 24 As the Scriptures say,
“People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. 25 But the word of the Lord remains forever.”[f]
And that word is the Good News that was preached to me.