Peter’s View of The Old Testament (OT Saturday)

“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[a] 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 (I Peter 1:10-12).”

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I realize I have been calling this Old Testament Saturday but often times pulling things from the New Testament.  When I was thinking about the Old Testament today, I was struck with a memory.  I was sitting in an Old Testament III Course at Bethel Seminary, while Dr. Ferris explained this text.

It was many years ago, and I don’t remember exactly what was said, but I was confronted with the idea that people living in the Old Testament had a great faith.  They were longing to look into the things that these first century believers that Peter is talking to had already seen.  The looked intently and investigated, but they weren’t given enough information.  It seems to say here angels didn’t even understand.  But, these people looked ahead with faith.  We are looking back on the cross.  They looked ahead.  We looked ahead to the return of Christ with faith, but we have so much more of the story to rest our head on.

We have been given a great commission.  We are assigned the Greatest Commission actually.  So, many have come before us, their were even martyrs before the apostles. We don’t know everything, neither did our Old Testament heroes.  but we do know what he has done for us and we can be his witnesses which is all that is really asked of us.



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