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SALVATION HISTORY (4 of 6)
1 Peter 1:10-12
October 28, 2001
INTRODUCTION: Peter is about to conclude his
discussion on salvation. He has presented this topic
by looking at the three Christian virtues: faith,
hope, and love. (Faith v.7, Hope v.3-4 and Love v.8)
Furthermore, he has described the joy of the
believers, for they are indescribably rich in respect
to their spiritual inheritance.
This text before us magnifies the Greatness of our
Salvation. It helps us understand the writer of
Hebrews when he asks in Hebrews 2:3, "How shall we
escape if we neglect so great a salvation." The
amazing thing is that this salvation we are awaiting,
(in its fullness) the return of Christ, was a part of
God's great plans for us from eternity. The Old
Testament prophets wrote about this salvation and
studied closely what God revealed to them. They saw
the sufferings of the Messiah, and also the glory that
would follow; but they could not fully understand the
connection between the two. In fact, in some of the
prophecies, the Messiah's suffering and glory are
blended in one verse or paragraph.
When Jesus came to earth, the Jewish teachers were
awaiting a conquering Messiah who would defeat
Israel's enemies and establish the glorious kingdom
promised to David. Even His own disciples were not
clear about the need for His death on the cross (Matt.
16:13-28). They were still inquiring about the Jewish
kingdom, even after His resurrection (Acts 1:1-8). If
the disciples were not clear about God's program
certainly the Old Testament prophets could be excused.
God told the prophets that they were ministering for a
future generation. Between the suffering of Messiah
and His return in glory comes what we call "the age of
the church." The truth about the church was a hidden
"mystery" in the Old Testament period (Eph. 3:1-13).
The Old Testament believers looked ahead by faith and
saw, as ...
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