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.
1Kutoka kwa Petro, mtume wa Yesu Kristo. Kwa wateule wa Mungu ambao wametawanyika, wanaoishi ugenini huko Ponto, Galatia, Kapadokia, Asia na Bithinia. 2 Ninyi mlichaguliwa tangu mwanzo na Mungu Baba na kutakaswa na Roho, mpate kumtii Yesu Kristo na kunyunyiziwa damu yake. Nawatakieni neema na amani tele.
Tumaini Lenye Uzima
3 Asifiwe Mungu, Baba wa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo! Kwa rehema yake kuu ametufanya tuzaliwe upya ili tupate tumaini lenye uzima kwa kufufuka kwa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo kutoka kwa wafu; 4 na tupokee urithi usioharibika, usiooza na usiochuja, ambao umewekwa mbinguni kwa ajili yenu. 5 Nanyi, kwa imani, mnalindwa na nguvu ya Mungu mpaka utakapofika wokovu ambao uko tayari kufunuliwa wakati wa mwisho.
6 Furahini sana katika hilo, ingawa sasa kwa kitambo kidogo ni lazima mpate majaribu ya kila aina. 7 Majaribu yataifanya imani yenu, ambayo ina thamani kuliko dhahabu, iwe imepimwa na kuthibitishwa kuwa ya kweli kama vile dhahabu ambayo ingawa ni kitu kiharibikacho, hupimwa kwa moto. Ndipo mtapata sifa, utukufu na heshima siku ile Yesu Kristo atakapofunuliwa. 8 Ingawa hamja pata kumwona, mnampenda. Na ingawa hamumwoni sasa mnamwamini na kujawa na furaha tukufu isiyoelezeka. 9 Maana mnapokea wokovu wa roho zenu, ambao ndio lengo la imani yenu.
10 Manabii waliotabiri kuhusu neema hiyo ambayo ninyi mnge pewa, walitafuta sana na kwa makini habari za wokovu huu. 11 Walijaribu kutafuta kujua ni nani au ni wakati upi uliomaan ishwa na Roho wa Kristo aliyekuwa akisema ndani yao alipotabiri kuhusu mateso ya Kristo na utukufu utakaofuata. 12 Walidhihir ishiwa kuwa kazi waliyokuwa wakifanya si kwa faida yao bali ni kwa ajili yenu. Kwa maana walinena nanyi habari za mambo ambayo sasa mmekwisha elezwa na wale waliowahubiria Injili kwa uwezo wa Roho Mtakatifu aliyetumwa kutoka mbinguni. Hata malaika wanata mani kufahamu mambo haya.
Mwito Wa Kuishi Maisha Matakatifu
13 Kwa hiyo, ziandaeni nia zenu, muwe na kiasi, wekeni tumaini lenu lote katika neema ile mtakayopewa wakati ule Yesu Kristo atakapodhihirishwa. 14 Kama watoto watiifu, msikubali kutawaliwa na tamaa mbaya mlizokuwa nazo wakati mkiishi katika ujinga. 15 Bali kama yeye aliyewaita alivyo mtakatifu, kadhalika ninyi muwe watakatifu katika mwenendo wenu; 16 maana imeandikwa: “Muwe watakatifu kwa sababu mimi ni mtakatifu.”
17 Kwa kuwa mnamwita “Baba” yeye ahukumuye matendo ya kila mtu pasipo upendeleo, ishini maisha yenu hapa duniani kama wageni, kwa kumcha Mungu. 18 Maana mnafahamu kwamba mlikombolewa kutokana na maisha duni yasiyofaa ambayo mlirithi kutoka kwa baba zenu. Hamkukombolewa kwa kutumia vitu viharibikavyo kama fedha na dhahabu, 19 bali mlikombolewa kwa damu ya thamani ya Kristo, Mwana-Kondoo asiye na dosari wala doa. 20 Yeye alichaguliwa kabla ya dunia kuumbwa lakini akadhihirishwa katika siku hizi za mwisho kwa ajili yenu. 21 Kwa ajili yake ninyi mnamwamini Mungu aliyemfufua kutoka kwa wafu akampa utukufu, na kwa hiyo imani yenu na matumaini yenu yako kwa Mungu.
22 Na sasa kwa kuwa mmekwisha kujitakasa kwa kuitii ile kweli na kuwapenda ndugu zenu kwa kweli, pendaneni kwa moyo wote. 23 Maana mmezaliwa upya, si kwa mbegu iharibikayo, bali kwa mbegu isiyoharibika, kwa neno la Mungu lililo hai na linalodumu hata milele. 24 Maana, “Binadamu wote ni kama nyasi na utukufu wao ni kama ua la mwituni. Nyasi hunyauka na ua huanguka, 25 lakini neno la Mungu hudumu milele.” Na neno hilo ni Habari Njema ambayo mlihubiriwa.