Now We See More Clearly (2 of 13) by Daniel Rodgers
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Series: The Book of 1 Peter
I Peter 1:10-16
INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week; ''Seeing the Bigger Picture,'' we had looked at the first 9 verses. We talked about the Elect of God, the Resurrection of Christ and the Persecution of Believers.
Peter's letter is addressed to the persecuted saints who had been scattered throughout the Roman Empire; to those who were in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia (vs. 1). Though they were suffering persecution, he wanted them to look beyond that, to see the bigger picture (vv. 6-9).
Our lesson this evening continues in (vs. 10), with Peter's discussion of the Old Testament prophets and their search for the time and fulfillment of Christ's coming. With that, let us consider three things:
I. The Search by the Prophets
II. The Desire of the Angels
III. The Obedience of the Saints
I. THE SEARCH BY THE PROPHETS
A. Their diligent search (vs. 1a)
1. A prophet was someone gifted by God to see future events. Sometimes the prophet lived to see the fulfillment of his prophecy, and sometimes the events he saw in the future were far beyond his lifetime, as was the case with the prophecy concerning Christ.
a. From the Garden of Eden, with God's prophecy in Gen. 3:15 concerning the promise of redemption, and throughout the rest of the Old Testament, the Lord gave certain men glimpses into the future concerning the coming of Christ. Remember when the Wise men came to Herod? In Matt 2:4-6, the Bible says, And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. This was a prophecy of Micah, some 700 years before Christ.
1) By the way ...
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