Prophets and Angels
Morning study time with David Niednagel, Pastor, Teacher, Evansville, IN. (David uses the S.O.A.P. method for his morning study time – study, observe, apply, pray).
1 Peter 1:10-12
1:10 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 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. ESV
The verses before said our salvation really is more valuable than gold. But most people don’t think about that. Even people who claim they are saved. Saved from what? From the wrath of God and eternal hell. If there really is a hell, and if God’s wrath is real, and His knowledge and justice are perfect, then there is no hope for anyone. So most people don’t think much about their sin or the wrath of God. They think His love will somehow cover our sin from His wrath – and it does, but not in a way that we can ignore God. Because we don’t want to face how bad our condition is in sin, we don’t understand or appreciate how good salvation is.
But the prophets who wrote the OT were fully aware of God’s wrath and His judgment on Israel and the other nations, and they also were aware of His promises of merciful forgiveness and restoration, so they were intrigued with what they were inspired to write. It was better than anything they could imagine. Verse 12 says the angels also wondered how this would fit together. They understood the holiness of God and the reality of human rebellion, and they couldn’t understand how both God’s justice and mercy could fit together at the same time.
Righteous Judge and Merciful Savior, You are more wonderful than any human we have ever met, and so we don’t understand or appreciate who You are or what You have done. But just knowing the prophets and angels were so amazed motivates me to try to respond authentically to who You are. Both Your justice and Your love are beyond my comprehension, but I know enough to realize You are worthy of Supremacy in everything! (Col 1:18) Help me “hallow Your name” and “seek Your kingdom and righteousness” above everything else. Help me use my time and money and energy in a way that demonstrates that You, and Your salvation, are more valuable than gold. Amen