Even though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not see him now, you believe in him. You are filled with a glorious joy that can't be put into words.
You are receiving the salvation of your souls. It is the result of your faith.
The prophets searched very hard and with great care to find out about that salvation. They spoke about the grace that was going to come to you.
They wanted to find out when that salvation would come. The Spirit of Christ in them was telling them about the sufferings of Christ that were going to come. He was also telling them about the glory that would follow.
It was made known to the prophets that they were not serving themselves. Instead, they were serving you when they spoke about the things that you have now heard. Those who have preached the good news to you have told you those things. They have done it with the help of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into those things.
So prepare your minds for action. Control yourselves. Put your hope completely in the grace that will be given to you when Jesus Christ returns.
You should obey. You shouldn't give in to evil longings. They controlled your life when you didn't know any better.
The one who chose you is holy. So you should be holy in all that you do.
It is written, "Be holy, because I am holy."#1(Leviticus 11:44,45; 19:2)#2
You call on a Father who judges each person's work without favoring one over another. So live your lives as strangers here. Have the highest respect for God.
The blood of Christ set you free from an empty way of life. That way of life was handed down to you by your own people long ago. You know that you were not bought with things that can pass away, like silver or gold.