ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 307



1 PETER
This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ.
I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the
provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. God the
Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy.
As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of
Jesus Christ.
May God give you more and more grace and peace.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great
mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ
from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and
undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith,
God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which
is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must
endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is
genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith
is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong
through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on
the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not
see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible
joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.
This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more
about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for
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