Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because the one who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human lusts, but for the will of God.
For the time already past is sufficient for you
to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of indecent behavior, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties, and wanton idolatries.
this, they are surprised that you do not run with them
in the same excesses of debauchery, and they slander you;
but they will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as people, they may live in the spirit according to the will of
The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit
for the purpose of prayer.
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.
Be hospitable to one another without complaint.
As each one has received a special
gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the multifaceted grace of God.
Whoever speaks is to do so
as one who is speaking
actual words 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 whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though something
strange were happening to you;