The Grace That Has Come
Read 1 Peter 1:10–12
Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
We often consider it a blessing to live in our modern world because of the access we have to resources and the technological, social, and governmental progress that has been made since ancient times. Rarely do we stop to consider the grace it is that we get to live in a time when Jesus has been revealed, the Holy Spirit is upon every follower of Jesus, and the Kingdom of God is present now, even if not fully here yet. This is what Peter was telling Christians so long ago: The salvation God brought in and through Jesus Christ is what the Old Testament prophets and the angels only looked forward to and heard about. They never got to experience it for themselves. What an incredible blessing it is to be able to live now that grace has come!
- Reflect on all the benefits of living in the modern world as compared to the ancient world. What do you consider the biggest benefit?
- As you consider the blessing it is to live during a time after which Jesus has been revealed, what are you most grateful for? How might keeping this blessing at the forefront of your mind impact your daily living?
- What is God seeking to draw your attention to through today’s passage?
God, thank You for Jesus. Thank You for the salvation You have brought in and through Him. And thank You for the blessing of being alive during this particular time in history. Grant me the ability to remember this blessing and live in a state of gratitude and wonder. Amen.
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