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Prophets and Angels

1 Peter 1.10-12
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.

These verses endeavor to increase our appreciation for the great salvation we enjoy in Jesus Christ. The spiritual blessings believers now experience are greater than anything the Old Testament prophets or even the angels imagined. The prophets longed to participate in this salvation and coming period of grace. They thought about it; they searched the subject out as best they could—all in an effort to comprehend more clearly what we seem to take for granted.
In their searching for more, they discovered that Jesus would first of all suffer and only then would glory follow. The pattern seen in the life of Christ is, in fact, the pattern of our lives. Our suffering is not a sign that Christ has betrayed us, that He is no longer concerned about us, or that He has abdicated His throne. Our suffering is a sign of our fellowship with the resurrected Lord who first suffered for us. Suffering, in some respects, becomes a sign of the glory that is to follow in our lives when we enter the presence of Christ in heaven.
The Old Testament prophets realized that what they wrote was not for themselves but for those who would live later and who would hear the gospel and follow Christ. Even the angels were looking intently to see if they could get a glimpse of the grace of God at work. As New Testament believers we are the heirs of the full message of the prophets. The least disciple of Jesus Christ is in a better position to understand Old Testament revelation than the greatest prophet before Christ came. Knowing Jesus gives us a clearer picture of salvation than the prophets ever knew. It reminds us that our pain and suffering do not diminish the living hope that has been given to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Take some time today to praise God for having knowledge of the full gospel of our Redeemer Jesus Christ!
Pastor Jeff