The Message

1 Peter 1

11-2 I, Peter, am an apostle on assignment by Jesus, the Messiah, writing to exiles scattered to the four winds. Not one is missing, not one forgotten. God the Father has his eye on each of you, and has determined by the work of the Spirit to keep you obedient through the sacrifice of Jesus. May everything good from God be yours!

A New Life

3-5 What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.

6-7 I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.

8-9 You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.

10-12 The prophets who told us this was coming asked a lot of questions about this gift of life God was preparing. The Messiah’s Spirit let them in on some of it—that the Messiah would experience suffering, followed by glory. They clamored to know who and when. All they were told was that they were serving you, you who by orders from heaven have now heard for yourselves—through the Holy Spirit—the Message of those prophecies fulfilled. Do you realize how fortunate you are? Angels would have given anything to be in on this!

A Future in God

13-16 So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.”

17 You call out to God for help and he helps—he’s a good Father that way. But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.

18-21 Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately—at the end of the ages—become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you. It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God.

22-25 Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself! That’s why the prophet said,

The old life is a grass life,
    its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers;
Grass dries up, flowers droop,
    God’s Word goes on and on forever.

This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

彼得前书 1

1我是耶稣基督的使徒彼得,写信给蒙上帝拣选,寄居在本都、加拉太、加帕多迦、亚细亚、庇推尼各地的人。 你们蒙拣选是按照父上帝预先定好的旨意,借着圣灵得以圣洁,好顺服耶稣基督,并靠祂的血得到洁净。



愿颂赞归于我们主耶稣基督的父上帝!祂有无穷的怜悯,借着耶稣基督从死里复活使我们获得重生,有活泼的盼望, 可以承受那不会朽坏、没有污点、不会衰残、为你们存留在天上的产业。 你们这些因信而蒙上帝用大能保守的人,必能得到那已经预备好、在末世要显明的救恩。

为此,即使现今你们必须暂时在百般试炼中忍受痛苦,也要满怀喜乐。 这样,你们的信心经过试验便显明是真实的,比那经过火炼仍会坏掉的金子更加宝贵,使你们可以在耶稣基督显现时得到称赞、荣耀和尊贵。 你们虽然没有见过基督,却爱祂;虽然现在看不见祂,却信祂,并且有无法形容、充满荣耀的喜乐。 因为你们得到了信心带来的果效,就是你们的灵魂得救。

10 有关这救恩,那些预言恩典要临到你们的众先知早已详细寻求查考了。 11 基督的灵曾在他们心中指示他们,预言基督要受苦,然后得荣耀。他们便详细查考这些事会在什么时候、什么情况下发生。 12 他们得到启示,知道他们传讲这些事不是为了自己,而是为了你们。现在,那些靠着从天上差来的圣灵向你们传福音的人,已经将这些事传给你们了。连天使也想把这些事看个明白。


13 所以,要预备好你们的心,谨慎自律,专心盼望耶稣基督显现时要带给你们的恩典。 14 你们既是顺服的儿女,就不要再像从前无知的时候那样放纵私欲。 15 那呼召你们的是圣洁的,你们在一切事上也要圣洁。 16 因为圣经上说:“你们要圣洁,因为我是圣洁的。”

17 既然你们称呼那位按各人的行为公正无私地审判人的上帝为父,就应该存着敬畏的心过你们在世上寄居的日子。 18 要知道,你们从传统的、没有意义的生活中被救赎出来,不是靠金银等会朽坏的东西, 19 而是靠无瑕无疵的代罪羔羊——基督的宝血。 20 基督是上帝在创世以前预先拣选的,却在这末世为你们显现。 21 你们借着基督信了使祂从死里复活、赐祂荣耀的上帝,所以,你们的信心和盼望都在于上帝。

22 你们既因顺服真理,洁净了自己的心,能够真诚地爱弟兄姊妹,就当以清洁的心彼此切实相爱。 23 你们获得重生,不是借着会腐烂的种子,而是借着不会腐烂的种子——上帝活泼永存的道。 24 因为

25 唯有主道永长存。”