“Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings and the subsequent glories. 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
Peter, encouraging his trial-endowed readers, makes known the timeless majesty of God’s good news to them. It is timeless because it is not His backup plan to account for the failure in the garden. It is majestic because it is only of God. It is His masterpiece that the prophets, the angels, and all of creation have longed for.
Of these verses, R.C. Sproul writes, “Peter is saying that this is not a novel idea. He did not make it up, nor did it appear on the scene de nova, like Athena out of the head of Zeus. This teaching of Jesus’ is what the prophets of old spoke of. When God put in their mouths the promises of future redemption, they looked into it. They searched carefully and made inquiries. They knew that these things were going to happen, but they did not know when. They knew that Christ would suffer, and out of that suffering, glories would follow.”*
RC continues, “The prophets did not always understand the things they taught. They were the mouthpieces of the Holy Spirit. Not until the fullness of time came and the prophetic word of God came to pass could people grasp what Joel, Isaiah, and Jeremiah had spoken of. The prophets themselves, who were faithful to those promises, inquired and searched for meaning, but they did not always know it: they had to wait and see. “*
RC concludes his commentary on these verses with, “Not only did the prophets inquire about the marvels of these things, but also the angels in heaven have desired to look into the depths and the riches of the gospel. We are told that when one person repents, there is joy in heaven among the angels (Luke 15:10). The angels delight to watch the ministry of Christ unfold in history. They delight in observing the proving of our faith in the progress of our sanctification. Our faith, which is more precious than gold, means much to God, so He will put us in a fire to make it pure.”*
Oh the unsearchable riches of Christ!
(*quoted from; Commentary on 1 – 2 Peter, R. C. Sproul, pages 39, 40)