Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
1 Peter 1:2
who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling with his blood: may grace and peace be yours in abundance.
and has made us a kingdom and priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they will reign on the earth."
Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.
Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which he purchased with the blood of his Own.
who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance, until the redemption of those who are God's possessionto the praise of his glory.
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, zealous for good deeds.
1 Peter 4:11
Whoever speaks is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belongs the glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
to the praise of his glorious grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.
so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
So it depends not upon man's will or exertion, but upon God's mercy.