Monday, March 18, 2013

Our Obedience

1 Peter 1:3-9, 13-16

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who according to His great mercy has caused us
to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead,

to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable
and undefiled and will not fade away,
reserved in heaven for you,  who are protected by the
power of God through faith for a salvation ready
to be revealed in the last time. 

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little
while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various
trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious
than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire,
may be found to result in praise and glory and honor
at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 

and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and
though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him,
you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full
of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith
the salvation of your souls.
Therefore, prepare your minds for action,
keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely
on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation
of Jesus Christ. 

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the
former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 
but like the Holy One who called you,
be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 
because it is written,
You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

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