Peter 1:3-9

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

In his great mercy he has given us new birth

into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ

from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish,

spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,

who through faith are shielded by God’s power

until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed

in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while

you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith

—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though

refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when

Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him,

you love him; and even though you do not see him now,

you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible

and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result

of your faith, the salvation of your souls.