trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ1 in them was pointing when he predicted2 the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.
It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you,3 when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you4 by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.5 Even angels long to look into these things.
Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled;6 set your hope7 fully on the grace to be given you8 when Jesus Christ is revealed.914
As obedient10 children, do not conform11 to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.1215
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;1316
for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."a1417
Since you call on a Father15 who judges each man's work16 impartially,17 live your lives as strangers18 here in reverent fear.1918
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed20 from the empty way of life21 handed down to you from your forefathers,
but with the precious blood22 of Christ, a lamb23 without blemish or defect.2420
He was chosen before the creation of the world,25 but was revealed in these last times26 for your sake.
Through him you believe in God,27 who raised him from the dead28 and glorified him,29 and so your faith and hope30 are in God.