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.

Nkwa Asem

Petro I 1

1Saa krataa yi fi Yesu Kristo somafo Petro nkyɛn. Ɔde kɔma Onyankopɔn nnipa a wayi wɔn a wɔahwete sɛ ahɔho kɔ Ponto, Galatia, Kapadokia, Asia ne Bitinia amantam mu no.

Wɔnam Agya Onyankopɔn botae so na woyii mo na wɔnam ne Honhom so tew mo ho sɛ munni Yesu Kristo akyi na ɛnam so ma ne mogya no atew mo ho. Adom ne asomdwoe a ɛdɔɔso nka mo.

Anidaso

Momma yɛnna Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo Agya no ase. Esiane n’ahummɔbɔ dodow nti, ɔnam nyan a onyanee Yesu Kristo fii owu mu no so maa yɛn nkwa foforo. Eyi ma yenya anidaso a atim, enti yɛrehwɛ anim sɛ yebenya nhyira dodow a Onyankopɔn akora a ɔde ma ne mma no bi. Ɔde sie wɔ soro ma mo efisɛ, ɛhɔ de, ɛremporɔw anaa ɛrensɛe na ɛrempa nso. Na Onyankopɔn gyina ne tumi kɛse no so bɛhwɛ sɛ mubedu hɔ asomdwoe mu na mo nsa aka, efisɛ, mugye no di. Ɛbɛyɛ mo de nna a edi akyi no mu ama obiara ahu.

Ɛwom sɛ, ebia mprempren ɛbɛba sɛ, esiane ɔhaw pii a mobɛfa mu no nti, mo werɛ bɛhow de, nanso momma mo ani nnye saa asɛm yi ho.

Wɔn botae ne sɛ, wobehu sɛ mo gyidi no yɛ kann. Sikakɔkɔɔ a wotumi sɛe no no mpo, wɔde ogya sɔ hwɛ enti mo gyidi a ɛsom bo kyɛn sikakɔbɔɔ no, ɛsɛ sɛ wɔsɔ hwɛ hu sɛ, ebetumi atim anaa. Ɛno ansa na da a Yesu Kristo bɛba no, mubenya anuonyam.

Ɛwom sɛ munhu Yesu mprempren, nanso modɔ no. Munhuu no da, nanso mugye no di. Anigye a moanya no mma ɔka, efisɛ, mo gyidi ho mfaso a ɛyɛ mo kra nkwagye no, mo nsa reka.

10 Saa nkwagye yi ho na adiyifo no de boasetɔ hwehwɛɛ mu hyɛɛ saa akyɛde yi a Onyankopɔn de bɛma mo no ho nkɔm. 11 Wodwen bere ko a Kristo honhom a ɛwɔ wɔn mu a edii Kristo amane a obehui ne anuonyam a ebedi akyi no ho adanse no yikyerɛ no ho.

12 Onyankopɔn daa no adi kyerɛɛ saa adiyifo no sɛ wɔn adwuma no nni wɔn yiyedi mu na mmom ɛwɔ mo yiyedi mu. Na akyiri yi ara wɔada Asɛmpa no adi akyerɛ yɛn nyinaa. Saa Honhom Kronkron no a wɔsoma fi soro no tumi so a wɔnam kasa kyerɛɛ wɔn no ara so na wɔnam kasa kyerɛɛ yɛn nso. Eyinom yɛ nneɛma bi a abɔfo mpo pɛ sɛ wɔte ase. 13 Enti munsi mo adwene pi na munni dwuma. Munnyina yiye na momma mo ani nna nhyira a wɔde bɛma mo Yesu Kristo ba a ɔbɛba no mu no so.

14 Muntie Onyankopɔn, na mommma akɔnnɔ abrabɔ a edii mo so bere a na munnim no nnni mo so. 15 Na mmom, monyɛ kronn wɔ biribiara a moyɛ mu sɛnea Onyankopɔn a ɔfrɛɛ mo no yɛ kronn no. 16 Kyerɛwsɛm no ka se, “Ɛsɛ sɛ moyɛ kronn, efisɛ, meyɛ kronn.”

17 Monkae sɛ mo Agya a ɔwɔ soro a mobɔ no mpae no nhwɛ nnipa anim wɔ n’atemmu mu. Ɛno nti mo nna a aka mo wɔ asase yi so no, momfa nidi nyinaa mma no.

18 Efisɛ, munim bo a wotua de gyee mo fii abrabɔ bɔne a mo nenanom kyerɛɛ mo no mu. Ɛnyɛ ade a ɛhwere ne bo a ɛsom te sɛ dwetɛ anaa sikakɔkɔɔ no. 19 Kristo a ɔte sɛ oguammaa a onni dɛm no de ne ho bɔɔ afɔre a ne bo yɛ den ma munyaa ahofadi. 20 Ansa na wɔrebɔ wiase no, na Onyankopɔn ayi no na mo nti na nna a edi akyiri yi no, wɔdaa no adi.

21 Ɛnam ne so na mugyee Onyankopɔn a onyanee no fii awufo mu na ɔmaa no anuonyam no dii. Ɛnam so ama mo gyidi ne mo anidaso atim wɔ Onyankopɔn mu. 22 Afei a moayɛ osetie ama nokware no nti, mo ho atew na mododɔ mo nuanom gyidifo nokware mu yi, mumfi mo koma nyinaa mu nnodɔ mo ho mo ho. 23 Efisɛ, ɛnam Onyankopɔn asɛm a etim hɔ daa no so ama wɔawo mo bio sɛ mma a wɔn awofo nwu da na wɔte hɔ daapem. 24 Sɛnea Kyerɛwsɛm no ka se, “Nnipa nyinaa te sɛ sare; na wɔn anuonyam te sɛ nhwiren. Sare no wu ma ne nhwiren no po, 25 nanso Awurade asɛm no wɔ hɔ daa nyinaa.” Eyi ne asɛm a Asɛmpa no de brɛɛ mo.