I Peter 1:10-12

March 22, 2015

                                                                                       I Peter 1:10-12

The Prophets searched diligently. They wanted to know more about the coming of the Messiah. They were told that he would suffer, but that glory was to follow. No doubt, they prayed that God would reveal more to them, but that wasn’t his will. They searched to find what God had told other prophets. Commentaries tell us that the word “search” is the word miners used in speaking of searching for gems or minerals. It was something of sufficient interest to them that they were willing to invest time and effort in it.

We are privileged to live on the other side of Christ’s first coming. We know what he suffered and what is offered to us because of it. He died to redeem us from condemnation and make possible for us a glorious future. Hebrews 2:3 calls it a “great salvation.” Truly it is. We don’t know yet what all is included in it. Now we are enjoying the consolation of knowing that our sins have been forgiven and that life has purpose and meaning. After death we have the promise of a new body that will far exceed the limits of our earthly body. We read about that in I Corinthians chapter 15. Jesus said in John 14:1-3 that he was going to prepare a place for us. He was the architect and creator of this marvelous universe, so we have no doubt that what he is preparing for us will be splendid.

The gospel was something that occupied the minds of holy men of the past. Even the angels were desirous of knowing what was included in it. It is a theme of such importance that men on earth today will be held accountable if they don’t bother to look into it. Hebrews 2:3-4 asks the question, “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;   God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?”

It is a salvation that was made possible by the sacrifice of God’s own Son on the cross of Calvary. All the material things we enjoyed were created by God in only six days. It took Jesus 33 years to make possible our salvation. First he came to earth and was born as a baby. We can’t imagine the sacrifice that the divine Son of God made to humble himself to that extent. Then he lived out his life as one of us. He finished it by dying the cruel death of crucifixion, being rejected and ridiculed by men.

The prophets must have realized that they were dealing with something that wasn’t for them. It was written for people who would live sometime in the future. To be sure, they too will benefit from the sacrifice of Christ, but it was a prophecy for another people and another time. The preaching of the gospel is New Testament terminology. We don’t read of that in the Old Testament.

 

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