Tuesday in the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

1 Peter 1:10-12

Oh, How Blessed We Are

It’s so good to live on this side of the cross, to be living under the new covenant, to be the people “on whom he end of the ages has come” (1 Corinthians 10:11).  We really don’t appreciate this as we should, but what the prophets saw through a glass darkly, we now see in the light of day.

The prophets were truly great men.  The Lord spoke to them his word or granted them a vision and they relayed it to the people saying, “Thus says the Lord….”  The messages usually called the people to repentance warning dire judgment if they disobeyed, which they generally did and suffered the consequences.  They were godly and upright men—not perfect (remember Jonah)—but righteous.  But even more than preaching repentance to the people, Peter tells us that there was something greater they desired to understand, for they “searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories.”  In other words, the prophets knew Messiah was coming as the Spirit told them.  Isaiah preached both his suffering and resurrection (Isaiah 53).  Indeed, the entire Old Testament foreshadows our Lord’s coming through both word and type.  And these men inquired diligently about these things but satisfied themselves that they were serving us.  This is why Jesus told his disciples, “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” (Matthew 13:17).

But then Peter tells us something even more marvelous—that even “angels long to look” into the matters of the gospel.  But wouldn’t angels understand it better than we?  Perhaps they do.  And if so, we are then made to understand that matters of the good news, of heaven, of the glories that have been and are yet to be revealed in that gospel, are so deep, so full of wisdom, so utterly beyond human and even angelic comprehension, that much of the blessing of heaven is that we have eternity to ponder and wonder over them.  If angels whose minds are unencumbered with sin wonder over the riches of God’s plan of salvation made real in Christ, how deep must those riches be!  No wonder the Apostle Paul exclaimed, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways!” (Romans 11:33). 

How blessed we are now to live in this side of the cross, and how blessed we will be to live on that side of heaven one day.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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