January 29: Salvation Through The Suffering Messiah (1 Peter 1:10-12)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Josh Herring will continue a series on spiritual disciplines at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
1 Peter 1:10-12
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.
Peter writes to Christians who are in the midst of various kinds of afflictions about the salvation that God has prepared for them, the imperishable, unfading inheritance, reserved in heaven for them. And then in vv. 10-12 Peter reminds them that this salvation had been foretold by the prophets for generations, awaiting fulfillment in the Messiah, Jesus Christ. In other words, God has shaped all of human history to rescue you. The fulfillment, the point, of everything the ancient prophets preached, has now finally been delivered to you. It was obscure to them but now disclosed to you. This should leave the Christian in awe of the privileged position that God has given to us.
Review and Apply
Which parts of the Old Testament do you have the hardest time applying? How might you understand those passages as pointing toward Jesus?
From 1:10-12, in what ways is the Christian in a privileged position over the prophets and the angels?
How does Peter’s description of the Messiah’s suffering and glory bring encouragement to believers who are facing various kinds of trials (1:6)?
What role did the Holy Spirit have in the writing of the Old Testament (v. 11)? What role did the Holy Spirit have in the preaching of the New Testament (v. 12)? What role does the Holy Spirit in your understanding of the Bible as a whole? And what implication does this have for how you read the Bible?
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