1 Peter 1:10: Concerning This Salvation, The Prophets Who Prophesied About The Grace That Was To Be Yours Searched And Inquired Carefully
1 Peter 1:10
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, (ESV)
We live such busy lives we rarely stop to think of all the blessings that we have been given. Many will gather around a table at a Thanksgiving holiday meal and speak of things they are thankful for. Some will give thanks for their home, their job, or their family. When you think of your relationship with God you cannot help but recognize that it is the gift of God's grace which is your greatest gift.
Peter gives us fascinating insight into the centuries before Christ came to earth. Prophets who spoke of the coming Christ, and the salvation that he would bring, could not completely grasp the wonder of the grace that we would be recipients of. They searched and inquired carefully. There must have been some level of awe that we cannot even begin to imagine.
This salvation that we possess, which we ought to be most thankful for, is particularly amazing because of the way it is received. It is by grace. The Old Testament prophets could only speak of grace as a future experience. They were under the Law. Sacrifices had to be made for sin. These sacrifices were of bulls and sheep. The prophets were looking for Christ to come and be the once and for all sacrifice.
In the Church today some still find the idea of salvation by grace, and not by works, to be a controversial notion. The Old Testament prophets could only have dreamed of something so wonderful. Trying to keep the law of God by works is nothing but an exercise in futility. We have been given a salvation where God does all the work for us. We simply receive it by faith. What a gift!
Take a moment and give thanks to the Lord for the gift of salvation. Open your Bible and read Ephesians 2:8-9. Meditate the rest of today on the wonder of God's grace.