It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you,1 when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you2 by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.3 Even angels long to look into these things.
Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled;4 set your hope5 fully on the grace to be given you6 when Jesus Christ is revealed.714
As obedient8 children, do not conform9 to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.1015
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;1116
for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."a1217
Since you call on a Father13 who judges each man's work14 impartially,15 live your lives as strangers16 here in reverent fear.1718
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed18 from the empty way of life19 handed down to you from your forefathers,
but with the precious blood20 of Christ, a lamb21 without blemish or defect.2220
He was chosen before the creation of the world,23 but was revealed in these last times24 for your sake.
Through him you believe in God,25 who raised him from the dead26 and glorified him,27 and so your faith and hope28 are in God.
Now that you have purified29 yourselves by obeying30 the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply,31 from the heart.b