on the contrary, it was the costly bloody sacrificial death of the Messiah, as of a lamb without defect or spot.
God knew him before the founding of the universe, but revealed him in the acharit-hayamim for your sakes.
Through him you trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory; so that your trust and hope are in God.
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth, so that you have a sincere love for your brothers, love each other deeply, with all your heart.
You have been born again not from some seed that will decay, but from one that cannot decay, through the living Word of God that lasts forever.
For all humanity is like grass, all its glory is like a wildflower the grass withers, and the flower falls off; but the Word of ADONAI lasts forever. Moreover, this Word is the Good News which has been proclaimed to you.