Knijga O Kristu

1 Petrova 1:1-25

Pozdravi od Petra

1Ovo je pismo od Petra, apostola Isusa Krista.

Pišem Božjim odabranicima koji žive kao tuđinci rasijani po Pontu, Galaciji, Kapadociji, Aziji i Bitiniji. 2Bog Otac odavno vas je odabrao, a Duh vas je posvetio. Zato ste poslušni Isusu Kristu i očišćeni ste njegovom krvlju.

Želim vam izobilje Božje milosti i mira.

Nada vječnog života

3Blagoslovljen neka je Bog, Otac našega Gospodina Isusa Krista, jer nam je u svojemu beskrajnome milosrđu dao da se nanovo rodimo. Sada živimo u nadi vječnoga života zato što je Isus Krist ustao od mrtvih. 4Jer Bog za svoju djecu u nebu čuva vječnu, neokaljanu i neuvelu baštinu. 5Bog će vas, zato što u njega vjerujete, svojom snagom sačuvati za spasenje koje će vam biti objavljeno u posljednje vrijeme. 6Zato se radujte čak i ako bude potrebno da vas ovdje nakratko i ražaloste različite kušnje. 7One samo kušaju vašu vjeru, dragocjeniju od propadljivog zlata—a i ono se u vatri kuša—da se njezina prokušanost pokaže na hvalu, slavu i čast na dan kad se objavi Isus Krist. 8Volite ga iako ga nikada niste vidjeli. Vjerujete u njega iako ga još ne možete vidjeti i puni ste neizrecive i proslavljene radosti 9jer postižete cilj svoje vjere: spasenje duše.

10To su spasenje proučavali i pronicali proroci pretkazujući milost koja vam je namijenjena. 11Ispitivali su na koje to vrijeme upućuje Kristov Duh u njima pretkazujući Kristovo trpljenje i proslavljenje. 12Objavljeno im je da nije riječ o njihovu, nego o vašemu vremenu. A danas vam propovjednici s pomoću Duha Svetoga, poslanoga s neba, naviještaju tu Radosnu vijest kojoj se i anđeli žele izbliza diviti.

Poziv na svetost

13Zato budite razboriti i trijezni. Potpuno se pouzdajte u milost koju će vam donijeti objavljenje Isusa Krista. 14Budite Bogu poslušni jer ste njegova djeca. Ne popuštajte starim grešnim požudama kao onda dok ste još bili u neznanju, 15nego budite u svemu sveti kao što je svet Bog koji vas je pozvao. 16On sam kaže u Svetome pismu: “Budite sveti jer sam ja svet!”

17Ocem nazivate Boga koji nepristrano sudi svakomu prema djelima. Proživite zato u strahu Gospodnjem taj život što ga živite na ovoj zemlji, u tuđini. 18Jer znate da je Bog platio otkupninu da vas spasi od ispraznoga života što ste ga naslijedili od svojih predaka. A nije ju platio propadljivim srebrom ili zlatom, 19nego dragocjenom krvlju Krista, nedužnoga Božjeg janjeta bez mane. 20Bog ga je, doduše, za to predodredio davno prije postanka svijeta, ali se očitovao tek u ova posljednja vremena, radi vas. 21Kroz Krista ste povjerovali u Boga koji ga je uskrisio od mrtvih i proslavio ga. Zato svoju vjeru i nadu možete položiti u Boga.

22Sada se možete iskreno međusobno voljeti kao braća i sestre jer su vam duše očišćene od grijeha i jer ste poslušni istini Radosne vijesti. Volite dakle žarko jedni druge 23jer ste nanovo rođeni—ne iz smrtnoga, već iz besmrtnog sjemena, kroz Riječ živoga Boga koja zauvijek traje. 24Jer

“svaki je čovjek poput trave

i njegova je ljepota poput poljskog cvijeta.

Trava će usahnuti i cvijet će uvenuti,

25ali Božja riječ ostat će zauvijek.”1:24-25 Izaija 40:6, 8.

A ta je Riječ Radosna vijest koju vam propovijedamo.

New International Version

1 Peter 1:1-25

1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

Praise to God for a Living Hope

3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

10Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

Be Holy

13Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”1:16 Lev. 11:44,45; 19:2

17Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

22Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.1:22 Some early manuscripts from a pure heart 23For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24For,

“All people are like grass,

and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;

the grass withers and the flowers fall,

25but the word of the Lord endures forever.”1:25 Isaiah 40:6-8 (see Septuagint)

And this is the word that was preached to you.