From Simeon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, have been granted a faith just as precious as ours.
as we wait for the happy fulfillment of our hope in the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed --
If anyone wants to serve me, he must follow me, and where I am, my servant will be too. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
From Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God.
But since we have the same spirit of faith as that shown in what has been written, "I believed; therefore I spoke," we also believe, therefore we also speak.
To Titus, my genuine son in a common faith. Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior!
From Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those temporarily residing abroad (in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, the province of Asia, and Bithynia) who are chosen
Look, God is my deliverer! I will trust in him and not fear. For the Lord gives me strength and protects me; he has become my deliverer."
Under his rule Judah will enjoy safety and Jerusalem will live in security. At that time Jerusalem will be called "The Lord has provided us with justice."
As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen).
Now these are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (called Peter), and Andrew his brother; James son of Zebedee and John his brother;
For this reason also the wisdom of God said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,'
"Simon, Simon, pay attention! Satan has demanded to have you all, to sift you like wheat,
Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon, the son of John. You will be called Cephas" (which is translated Peter).
So Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent me, I also send you."
Then when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these do?" He replied, "Yes, Lord, you know I love you." Jesus told him, "Feed my lambs."
And God, who knows the heart, has testified to them by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us,
Simeon has explained how God first concerned himself to select from among the Gentiles a people for his name.
For the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel from faith to faith, just as it is written, "The righteous by faith will live."
He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.
(for he who empowered Peter for his apostleship to the circumcised also empowered me for my apostleship to the Gentiles)
Now this secret was not disclosed to people in former generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit,
It was he who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
For it has been granted to you not only to believe in Christ but also to suffer for him,
and be found in him, not because I have my own righteousness derived from the law, but because I have the righteousness that comes by way of Christ's faithfulness -- a righteousness from God that is in fact based on Christ's faithfulness.
I recall your sincere faith that was alive first in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice, and I am sure is in you.
From Paul, a slave of God and apostle of Jesus Christ, to further the faith of God's chosen ones and the knowledge of the truth that is in keeping with godliness,
Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold -- gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away -- and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
So you who believe see his value, but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,
So as your fellow elder and a witness of Christ's sufferings and as one who shares in the glory that will be revealed, I urge the elders among you:
Through these things he has bestowed on us his precious and most magnificent promises, so that by means of what was promised you may become partakers of the divine nature, after escaping the worldly corruption that is produced by evil desire.