but with the precious blood1 of Christ, a lamb2 without blemish or defect.320
He was chosen before the creation of the world,4 but was revealed in these last times5 for your sake.
Through him you believe in God,6 who raised him from the dead7 and glorified him,8 and so your faith and hope9 are in God.
Now that you have purified10 yourselves by obeying11 the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply,12 from the heart.a23
For you have been born again,13 not of perishable seed, but of imperishable,14 through the living and enduring word of God.1524
For, "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord stands forever."b16 And this is the word that was preached to you.