Friday, December 02, 2011

Peter's Powerful Testimony Part 2

I Peter 1:10 Concerning this salvation, xthe prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring ywhat person or time zthe Spirit of Christ in them was indicating awhen he predicted bthe sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 cIt was revealed to them that dthey 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 eby the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, fthings into which angels long to look.13 Therefore, gpreparing your minds for action,1 and hbeing sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (ESV Online)

I'm still pondering the simple and powerful statement from yesterday:

 ...According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus...

Read that slowly- then fast- then piece by piece- emphasize different words... amazing!

Today's reading then is 'concerning this salvation':

Peter goes back to the Old Testament- you know the old aphorism, "The OT is the NT contained- The NT is the OT explained" and we begin to see the beauty of God's plan as it is developed in history, through the covenants- all the types and shadows- all pointing to Jesus as the culmination of redemptive history.

In three years, Jesus prepared Peter for this revelation. I wish I could have been there- don't you know how the Word of God must have burned in their hearts as the Savior read, quoted, and taught from Deuteronomy and Isaiah and many other places of the sacred writings!

The amazing prophecies of the OT that are fulfilled in Christ! My favorites are IS. 53 and Psalm 22. But there are SO many more!

And these prophets- perplexed at times, under duress, never seeing a lot of fruit or acceptance, were serving us, the New Testament believers. With the light of Christ's resurrection, the illumination of things like the passover are tangible experiences of the presence and the glory of God.

The bad news in the OT makes for GREAT news in the New.

"Things in which the angels LONG to look"- it is like Peter is saying- "This salvation is beautiful and magnificent, executed flawlessly over space, time, history- and it  just causes the angels to study in wonder over and over again.

And sadly, sometimes, I just flippantly say... 'yeah, Jesus loves me.... now what fun thing are we doing next?"

This is referenced very clearly in the Book of Hebrews- Chapter 2: "Therefore we must pay MUCH CLOSER attention to what we have heard, lest we shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?"

Then we have the "THEREFORE" of this section. And it literally says for us to "Gird up your minds- and seriously attach yourself on the grace that is coming when Christ returns"- it is the idea of preparing for a long journey- maybe like a treasure quest- and there will be peril and hardship along the way- but we going to make it our highest priority to study and reflect and meditate and rejoice in the gospel- that our hope is so secure in this grace- that we never drift from it, knowing that the DAY of the LORD will be better than the most magical Christmas or beautiful birthday we could ever imagine!

The next section will then challenge us- we get an amazing, undeserved gift! We can't earn it! But what is our response to it?

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