He was destined before the foundation of the world but was made manifest at the end of the times for your sake.
Through him you have confidence in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere love of the brethren, love one another earnestly from the heart.
You have been born anew, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;
for "All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord abides for ever." That word is the good news which was preached to you.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)