Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.
Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.
We will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from You I have no good thing.”
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.