Peter – Letters to the churches (4)

(པེ་ཏྲོ། ༡ 1:22 – པེ་ཏྲོ། ༡ 2:3)

བདེན་པའི་བཀའ་ལ་ཉན་པའི་སྒོ་ནས་སེམས་དག་པར་བྱས་ཏེ། སྤུན་ཟླ་རྣམས་ལ་སྙིང་ཐག་པ་ནས་བྱམས་པར་བྱེད་པས། གཅིག་གིས་གཅིག་ལ་སེམས་ཀྱི་གཏིང་ནས་བྱམས་པ་བྱེད།

 གང་ལགས་ཟེར་ན། ཁྱེད་ཚོ་མི་རྟག་པའི་ས་བོན་མིན་ཏེ་རྒྱུན་དུ་གནས་པའི་ས་བོན་ལས་ཡང་བསྐྱར་སྐྱེས། ས་བོན་དེ་ནི་འཚོ་བའི་སྤྱོད་ལམ་སྟོན་པའི་དཀོན་མཆོག་གི་བཀའ་རྟག་ཏུ་གནས་པ་དེ་ཡིན་ནོ།






དེའི་ཕྱིར་ངན་སེམས་དང༌། མགོ་སྐོར། ཁ་བཤད་དོན་ལ་མི་གནས་པ། ཕྲག་དོག སྨད་ར་གཏོང་བ་ཚང་མ་སྤོངས་ཤིག

ཁྱེད་ཚོས་གཙོ་བོའི་ཐུགས་རྗེ་མྱངས་པས། ཁྱེད་ཚོས་དམར་འབྱར་རྣམས་ལྷད་མེད་པའི་འོ་མ་ལ་གདུང་བ་ལྟར། དཀོན་མཆོག་གི་བཀའ་ལ་གདུང་བར་གྱིས་ཤིག དེ་ནས་ཁྱེད་ཚོ་ཐར་པའི་ཐོག་ནས་འཚར་ལོངས་འབྱུང༌།


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(1 Peter 1:22 – 2:3)

Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for

“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.


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                                    Letting God’s Word Prepare Us for Eternal Glory


Verse 22

Peter remembers Jesus’ command to love one another as deeply as your own selves (see Mark’s Gospel 12:31).


Verse 23

But how to love deeply? Peter continues, ‘You are new-born, and the seed-word of God, which gave you new birth, that will remain within you to show you also the pathway of life’.


Verses 24, 25a

As the prophet Isaiah wrote, ‘All men may flourish in their flesh-life for a while; then they will wither and die. But God’s word lives on for ever.’


[Comment on the Sutra (Isaiah 40:6-8)

Both the flowers in the pasture lands and the grasses on roof tops grow up each summer, green and glorious; but then they dry up, and their greenness fades. Their seeds give them birth, they live for a while only; again and again in a cycle.

But God’s word of good news is the seed of the spiritual life that lives on within us; that word is eternal (ever viable), and it prepares us for life in heaven.]


Verse 25b

The mouth of the Lord (Isaiah 40:5) spoke the word of the glory that will be ours. The prophet heard it and wrote it down in the sutra. And Peter writes, saying ‘We too have received it and passed it on to you, this word of good news.’


Chapter 2 verses 1-3

And he continues, ‘Therefore, you believers, put away all ignorance (Ch 1:14) and the harmful attitudes (nyon-mongs) of your earlier life. Stop lying, hating, and pretending to love. Grow up with a healthy longing to taste and enjoy Jesus’ goodness.’