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1 Peter 1:10-12 Inductive Bible Study
What were the prophets investigating? What does this tell us about them and their character?
Who knows more about the Messiah, the prophets or us? Is it better to know a few select things revealed directly by God (as the prophets did) or all of God’s revealed plan (as we do)?
For what purpose did God reveal these things to the prophets?
What are some Old Testament Scriptures which tell of the sufferings and glories of the Messiah?
Who are the ones who have “preached the gospel to you?”
What does the end of verse 12 tell us about angels?
Old Testament prophecies
Suffering: Psalm 41:9, Zechariah 11:12-13, Isaiah 50:6, Psalm 2:16, Zechariah 13:6, Isaiah 53
Glories: Isaiah 11:1-6, Jeremiah 23:5, Luke 1:31-33, Zechariah 14:4, Isaiah 61-62
1. This salvation that is not yet completely fulfilled for us (since for example our bodies will only be glorified in the yet future and we aren’t in heaven yet and don’t see God yet) was even much more distant future for the prophets. They had many parts of God’s plan revealed to them, which they recorded in the Scriptures. We are saved by faith by looking back at the coming of Christ. They were saved by faith by looking to the future coming of Christ.
2. They were diligent to study what had been written in the Scriptures, including their own writings. They wanted to find out as much as possible about the coming Messiah. When would this happen? Who would fulfill this prophecy? Where would these things take place? What would be the signs? I’m sure many of them were looking and hoping for these promises to be fulfilled in their lifetimes. We can learn important lessons from them.
a) If we don’t know something or have questions, we should study as much as possible to try to have those questions answered. This is a method God uses to encourage us to be diligent in order to draw closer to Him. It is kind of like a kid who has a math problem. Sometimes he will ask his father to answer it for him. My father never would. Instead he gave me some principles, but asked me to keep trying myself, no matter how long it took. This process helped me much more than him directly answering the question would have.
b) Just as the prophets looked forward to the coming of the Messiah, so should we. Knowing that He could come at any time, certainly would have affected their life. They would have been motivated to godly living so that they would be ready. What they didn’t know was that Jesus would come twice. So we are also looking and hoping for Jesus’ second coming. We will also never know the time it will happen until it happens, but we should be ready. We should also observe the signs in the world as Jesus warned His disciples.
c) Just as the prophets didn’t understand everything God wanted them to do, we may not either.
3. There were Old Testament prophecies covering both Jesus’ sufferings and His glories. The sufferings are prophecies fulfilled the first time He returned to earth while prophecies about His reign, kingdom, etc. are still yet to be fulfilled.
4. The prophets were serving us. Some Christians might wish that God would speak directly to them like He did to the prophets. Surely it would be better to hear God speak to us directly instead of having to find the answers in the Bible, right? WRONG! The prophets’ knowledge was very limited compared to ours. We are extremely privileged to have the complete, finished Bible with ALL of God’s revelation to us in it, containing EVERYTHING we need for our lives. We know far more about Christ than the prophets did. What is the lesson for us? Well, we no excuse. We know what we should do. The resources are right in front of us. The principles are right in front of us. We just need to dig into God’s Word, root out the gold nuggets of truth, and then obey it. The key is to love God’s Word (1 Peter 2:2).
Notice also that the angels are not all-knowing. They too want to study to know more about God’s plan. Never think it would be better to be a prophet and have God speak to you or to be there when Jesus came to earth to see Him face to face or to be an angel in heaven. Actually we have the best possible position as CHILDREN of God, a position that angels will never have. This should motivate us to gratitude and obedience as well as study of the Word which God has given to us.