12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father,(A) who has qualified you[a] to share in the inheritance(B) of his holy people in the kingdom of light.(C) 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness(D) and brought us into the kingdom(E) of the Son he loves,(F) 14 in whom we have redemption,(G) the forgiveness of sins.(H)

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Footnotes

  1. Colossians 1:12 Some manuscripts us

Stand Firm

13 But we ought always to thank God for you,(A) brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits[a](B) to be saved(C) through the sanctifying work of the Spirit(D) and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you(E) to this through our gospel,(F) that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 Some manuscripts because from the beginning God chose you

12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame,(A) because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard(B) what I have entrusted to him until that day.(C)

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10 Therefore I endure everything(A) for the sake of the elect,(B) that they too may obtain the salvation(C) that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.(D)

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19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm,(A) sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,”(B) and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord(C) must turn away from wickedness.”

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39 These were all commended(A) for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,(B) 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us(C) would they be made perfect.(D)

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run(E) with perseverance(F) the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus,(G) the pioneer(H) and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,(I) scorning its shame,(J) and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.(K)

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial(A) because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life(B) that the Lord has promised to those who love him.(C)

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who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge(A) of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit,(B) to be obedient(C) to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:(D)

Grace and peace be yours in abundance.(E)

Praise to God for a Living Hope

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!(F) In his great mercy(G) he has given us new birth(H) into a living hope(I) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,(J) and into an inheritance(K) that can never perish, spoil or fade.(L) This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,(M) who through faith are shielded by God’s power(N) until the coming of the salvation(O) that is ready to be revealed(P) in the last time.

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Be Holy

13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober,(A) set your hope(B) on the grace to be brought to you(C) when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.(D)

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The Living Stone and a Chosen People

As you come to him, the living Stone(A)—rejected by humans but chosen by God(B) and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built(C) into a spiritual house[a](D) to be a holy priesthood,(E) offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.(F) For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
    a chosen and precious cornerstone,(G)
and the one who trusts in him
    will never be put to shame.”[b](H)

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,(I)

“The stone the builders rejected(J)
    has become the cornerstone,”[c](K)

and,

“A stone that causes people to stumble
    and a rock that makes them fall.”[d](L)

They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.(M)

But you are a chosen people,(N) a royal priesthood,(O) a holy nation,(P) God’s special possession,(Q) that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.(R) 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;(S) once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 2:5 Or into a temple of the Spirit
  2. 1 Peter 2:6 Isaiah 28:16
  3. 1 Peter 2:7 Psalm 118:22
  4. 1 Peter 2:8 Isaiah 8:14

But if we walk in the light,(A) as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[a] sin.(B)

If we claim to be without sin,(C) we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.(D) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins(E) and purify us from all unrighteousness.(F)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 1:7 Or every

19 They went out from us,(A) but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.(B)

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Dear friends,(A) now we are children of God,(B) and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,[a](C) we shall be like him,(D) for we shall see him as he is.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 3:2 Or when it is made known

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