This might help (I Peter 1-5)

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time[a]the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 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. I Peter 1:10-12

R.C. Sproul makes a timely comment in the Reformation Study Bible concerning these verses.  Here is what he writes: “The prophets were suddenly made aware that they were serving future generations by what they spoke.”

The above comment serves us well in our readings.  The fact is, there are somethings in life that no amount of human effort can help.  Example:  “If a person is grieving during the holidays, no among of presents can heal the hurt.”  The help comes from somewhere else.

For us, the help comes from what we gain in reading I Peter.  For our time we will examine just chapter 1.

Peter shares with the glorious news that God has offered mercy to us through Jesus Christ (1:3).  This mercy (upon reception) leads us to the inheritance of eternal life with Jesus.  We know God allows us to go through times of trials to strengthen our faith as well as to show others faith, 1:4-9.  We know the outcome of our faith is secure, 1:9.

But do we know how important this is for others to know?

The prophets in 1:10-13 spoke the words given to them, by God, concerning the coming of the Messiah.

The prophets in 1:10-13 inquired (they asked others and they asked God) and they studied (what had God already said before their day).  They wanted to know when the day would be (time) and they wanted to know what the Messiah would be like (Person).

All that God revealed to them would help them to understand two truths:

  1.  Jesus would come, but not in their day.
  2. Jesus coming would be a blessing to the entire world (Heb. 11:39-40).

By their simply obedience to study and pray, God would bless the world!!!

This Christmas season often is overshadowed by things that really do not make our hurt any easier. But the more we share the truth of Christ, the more people are helped.

Yes, it is true, “Give the gift of Christ at Christmas.”

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