Scripture: 1 Peter 1:3-12
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.(A) Because of his great mercy(B) he has given us new birth(C) into a living hope(D) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead(E) 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable,(F) undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven(G) for you. 5 You are being guarded by God’s power(H) through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.(I) 6 You rejoice in this,[a] even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials(J) 7 so that the proven character of your faith(K)—more valuable than gold which, though perishable, is refined by fire(L)—may result(M) in praise, glory, and honor(N) at the revelation of Jesus Christ.(O) 8 Though you have not seen(P) him, you love him;(Q) though not seeing him now, you believe in him, and you rejoice(R) with inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets,(S) who prophesied about the grace that would come to you, searched and carefully investigated. 11 They inquired into what time or what circumstances the Spirit of Christ(T) within them was indicating when he testified in advance(U) to the sufferings of Christ(V) and the glories(W) that would follow.[b] 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you. These things have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you(X) by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven(Y)—angels long to catch a glimpse of these things.Read full chapter