At one time1 we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.
But when the kindness2 and love of God our Savior3 appeared,4
he saved us,5 not because of righteous things we had done,6 but because of his mercy.7 He saved us through the washing8 of rebirth and renewal9 by the Holy Spirit,
whom he poured out on us10 generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,
so that, having been justified by his grace,11 we might become heirs12 having the hope13 of eternal life.14
This is a trustworthy saying.15 And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good.16 These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
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