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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #4
Posted: September 1, 2006

I PETER 1:10-12

We look again this week to the book of I Peter. The theme of this book is ‘The God Of All Suffering’.  Peter is preparing the people of his day for the dark hour of the soul of which they find themselves in the middle of.

In verses 10-12 we are confronted with a hidden mystery to help the church in its time of suffering.  The text says, Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”

Paul uncovered several mysteries in his writings.  He told of the Jews and Gentiles being made one.  Paul told of Christ moving from being as the Child of God to living in us.

We begin in verse 10 where Peter reveals to this suffering people, ‘The Sovereign Truth’.  Peter tells us the Old Testament prophets had ‘inquired’ and ‘diligently searched’ the ‘salvation of grace’.  The words ‘inquire’ and ‘search’ has the idea of an exhaustive inquiry with no solid answer.  The ‘grace’ here is the particular grace destined for us.  The Old Testament prophets sensed there was a move of grace headed to a future people.

In verse 11 we are confronted with ‘The Searching Times’.  The Spirit of Christ here points us to Pentecost.  The indwelling Christ will cause us to think upon the glory that should follow rather than our times of suffering.  I cannot imagine that God kept this mystery from choice Old Testament prophets and yet revealed it to us.  Oh, how special we are, we who know this particular grace.  It will be sufficient grace in our hour of suffering.  The Old Testament prophets endured this suffering in hopes of this coming grace.  We who now know this grace, how can we do less than endure our times of suffering?

In verse 11 we are confronted with ‘The Spirit’s Testimony’, about this mystery of grace.  Peter tells us that the indwelling Spirit of Christ will make some things plain for us in our suffering.  Paul talked in Romans 8 about what the Spirit would make plain to us.  The Spirit would cause us to call the Father, Abba Father.  The title is an intimate statement of Dada.  Paul also tells us the Spirit will insure us that what we are going through is but a light affliction when compared to the glory that is to come. (Romans 8:18)

In verse 12 Peter tells us of ‘The Seraphim’s Thinking’ on this mystery.  The angels desired to look into this mystery of grace.  The words mean to passionately look into but with no understanding.  Our Lord has bypassed the choice Old Testament prophets and the choir of Holy angels who worship Him and reveal to us the mystery of grace.

I cannot comprehend such a revelation.  It certainly puts us in a great position of responsibility in our suffering.  How can we do less in our time of trouble, but count it all joy when we fall into divers temptation? (James 1:2)

 

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