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.
1 Peter 1:10-12
The great Charles Haddon Spurgeon once said,
“A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”
The Word of God is one of the greatest gifts to humanity that God has ever given us. In 1 Peter 1:10, the prophets of old studied, investigated, anticipated, and inquired of the Word of God. They recognized its inspiration from God, it’s preservation from God, and its revelation of God, and in our investigation of the Word of God, we find the very same outcome. When we investigate, we discover the accuracy, the reliability, and the authority of the Word of God in our lives and for all humanity.
In v. 11 it reminds us that the Old Testament prophets, by the power of the Holy Spirit, wrote about the things that they never fully understood. Could you imagine?! Though they had these wonderful prophecies, these incredible revelations from God, about the coming Savior to the world, they longed to know their full meaning! They knew they were writing for the generations to come. They didn’t get to sit under the earthly teaching ministry of Jesus. They didn’t get to see Jesus born of a virgin, die on a cross, resurrected three days later, and sitting at the right hand of God. Even Jesus told us this is true. In Matthew 13:16-17, He told His disciples,
But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
Precious Church, we have seen Him, we have heard Him, we know Him, we have Him, and we anticipate His future glory, His return for His Church. We have His complete Word, the Old and New Testament. What most of humanity anticipated over thousands of years, has been revealed to us. Peter says in v. 10, that they “…prophesied about the grace that was to be yours…” God’s revelation, the Word of God, is His gift to us, and better yet, Peter says, it is His GRACE to us. This heavenly massage of salvation is freely and gracefully given.