1 So then, since Christ has suffered in our physical form, you too must arm yourselves with the same determination. For whoever suffers in his physical form has done with sin, 2 so that he no longer can spend the rest of his earthly life in harmony with human desires but in accordance with God's will. 3 For the time that is past is enough for you to have accomplished what the heathen like to do, leading lives that are steeped in sensuality, lustful desires, drunkenness, carousing, revelry, dissipation, and idolatry that leads to lawlessness, 4 They are astonished that you are not still rushing hand in hand with them into the same excesses of profligate living, and they abuse you for it; 5 but they will have to give account for it to Him who is ready to judge living and dead. 6 This is why the good news was preached to the dead too, that they may be judged in their physical nature as men are, but live in the Spirit as God does.
7 But the end of everything on earth is near. So be serious and sober minded, that you may give yourselves to prayer. 8 Above everything else keep your love for one another fervent, because love covers up a multitude of sins. 9 Be ungrudgingly hospitable to one another. 10 As all of you have received your spiritual talents, you must keep on using them in serving one another, as good trustees of God's many-sided favor. 11 If anyone is preaching, let him do it as one who utters the oracles of God; if anyone is rendering any service to others, let him do it with all the strength that God supplies, so that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
12 Dearly beloved, do not be astonished that a test by fire is coming upon you, as though something strange were happening to you, 13 but so far as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, keep on rejoicing, so that at the uncovering of His glory you may rejoice triumphantly. 14 If you are suffering abuse because you bear the name of Christ, you are happy, because the glorious Spirit of God is resting upon you. 15 For not one of you should suffer as a murderer or as a thief or any sort of criminal, or as a meddler in other people's business, 16 but if anyone suffers for being a Christian, he must not be ashamed of it, but should keep on praising God for bearing this name. 17 Because the time has come for judgment to begin at the household of God, and if it begins with us, what will the end be of those who are rejecting God's good news?
18 And if it is hard for the upright man to be saved, what will become of the godless and sinful?