Sunday 5 October, 2014

1 Peter 1:10-12

10 The prophets searched very hard and with great care to find out about that salvation. They spoke about the grace that was going to come to you. 11 They wanted to find out when that salvation would come. The Spirit of Christ in them was telling them about the sufferings of Christ that were going to come. He was also telling them about the glory that would follow. 12 It was made known to the prophets that they were not serving themselves. Instead, they were serving you when they spoke about the things that you have now heard. Those who have preached the good news to you have told you those things. They have done it with the help of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into those things.

You know, I probably know more about God’s promises to Abraham than Abraham did. I probably have a better understanding the significance of the Law than Moses did. I undoubtedly understand the significance of their prophesies better than Isaiah or Jerimiah.

It’s not that I’m clever. It’s just that I know at least some of what Jesus came and said and did. I have the benefit of people like Peter and Paul and John explaining it to me. And most of all, I have the Holy Spirit living in me and speaking to me.

They longed to know what I know, to see what I’ve seen. And I take it for granted (well sometimes). Over the ages, people have gladly risked death to be able to read the Bible in their language. And I sometimes think it a burden to have to read it. The angels are eagerly watching the gospel being revealed. And I’m sometimes reluctant to share it.

Time for a rethink.

Father, I’m so blessed by those faithful men and women who spoke and passed on your word. I’m so blessed to hear you and see your plans unfold. Release in me the angels’ excitement. Give me the faith to speak your Word where it needs to go next.

Written by David Cornell

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