May 11th, 2007
There’s an innate sense of it in everybody. Out there, somewhere, there’s an answer to the mysteries of life. The clues are written in the stars, in the breathtakingly vast expanse of the universe. They’re written in the breathtakingly complex structure of the DNA of the simplest life form. They’re written in the breathtakingly small size of atoms and sub-atomic particles. They’re written in the breathtaking beauty of the sunset and flowers and mountains and animals. But what do the clues mean? How can you piece them together to make sense of it all? What is the overarching story of the universe, and how do we fit into that story?
Peter’s First Letter — Chapter 1
1:1 From Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the chosen ones who are living as foreigners dispersed throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 1:2 known by God the Father before time began, and made holy by the Spirit to become obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood. May you overflow with grace and peace.
1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great mercy he has given us new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1:4 to an inheritance that never decays or gets contaminated or fades away, reserved in Heaven for you. 1:5 You are protected through faith by the power of God until the salvation which is ready to be revealed at the end of time. 1:6 You will truly celebrate, even if now for a little while you have been suffering many hardships, 1:7 to prove that your faith, which is more precious than gold that can be destroyed even though it is refined by fire, will bring praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1:8 You have not seen him but you love him. Although you still do not see him, you believe and celebrate with indescribable and glorious joy, 1:9 receiving salvation of your souls, which is the result of your faith. 1:10 The prophets searched for and investigated this salvation, prophesying the grace that would come to you, 1:11 trying to discover the time and events that the Spirit of Christ which was in them was revealing to them, when predicting the sufferings of Christ, and the ensuing glories. 1:12 It was revealed to them that it was for your benefit and not theirs that they were speaking about these things, which have now been explained to you by the people who told you the Good News by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels want to see these things.
1:13 Get your minds ready, be level-headed, and put all your hope in the grace that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1:14 As obedient children, do not keep following the desires you used to have when you were ignorant. 1:15 Be holy in everything you do, just like the holy one who called you, 1:16 because it is written, “You must be holy because I am holy.” 1:17 If you believe in the Father who judges each person’s work impartially, spend your time living as foreigners on earth in reverent fear of him, 1:18 knowing that you were redeemed from the useless way of life handed down from your ancestors, not with things that can be destroyed such as silver or gold, 1:19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a faultless and pure lamb, 1:20 who was predestined before the creation of the world, but was revealed at the end of time for your sake. 1:21 Through him you are believers 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 your souls by obeying the truth, resulting in genuine love for your fellow believers, so have heartfelt love for each other. 1:23 You have been born again, not from a bloodline which is mortal, but from an indestructible bloodline, through the word of God which lives and remains forever. 1:24 “All flesh is like grass, and all human glory like the flower in the field. The grass withers, and its flower wilts; 1:25 but the Lord’s word endures forever.” This is the Good News which was explained to you.
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