So Great a Salvation!May 10, 2020 / 1:
So Great a Salvation!
Surviving Times of Suffering
1 Peter 1:10-12
1 Peter is a letter on how to handle troubles and suffering. It was written to those who’d been persecuted for their faith and who were anticipating more persecution. Peter teaches that just as Jesus’ sufferings led to glories, so our suffering and troubles will do the same for us. In verses 10-12 he tells us what we’re to keep looking to (our salvation) and where we find it: in the Old Testament prophets and in the New Testament teaching of the apostles.
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” 1 Peter 1:8
Some think () that . . .
- Christianity is all intellectual.
- Christianity is all behavioral.
- Christianity is a mystical experience.
Salvation is mentioned three times in the first verses:
- 5 “. . . the salvationthat is ready to be revealed in the last time.”
- 9 “. . . the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
- 10 “Concerning this salvation . . .”
- The prophets God’s salvation (vv. 10-11)
To be a Christian is to have the grace of God .
Christianity is an event; it’s God breaking into .
The gospel starts with , not what you’ve done.
In the Old Testament, there were 330 predictions
made about Jesus over 1600 year period.
Born of a virgin – Isaiah 7:14
Born in Bethlehem – Micah 5:2
Tribe of Judah – Genesis 49:10
Ministry begin in Galilee – Isaiah 9:1
Work miracles – Isaiah 35:5,6
Enter Jerusalem on donkey – Zechariah 9:9
Be betrayed by a friend – Psalm 41:9
Sold for 30 pieces of silver – Zechariah 11:12
Wounded and bruised – Isaiah 53:5
Hands and feet would be pierced – Psalm 22:16
Crucified between two thieves – Isaiah 53:12
Garments torn and people cast lots for them – Psalm 22:18
Bones would not be broken – Psalm 34:10
Side would be pierced – Zechariah 12:10
Buried in a rich man’s tomb – Isaiah 53:9
He would rise from the dead – Psalm 16:10
Just taking eight of those predictions, the odds of that happening in one person would be a “1” followed by
The entire Old Testament is .
“The Spirit of Christ”
The only way to read the Old and the New Testament is to understand that they’re all about the sufferings and the .
- The Apostles God’s Salvation (v. 12b)
The words of the prophets and the apostles are actually .
You can either let the Bible have authority over . . . OR . . . you can decide that you’re the authority.
If you trust in the Bible as God’s Word, you’ll be able to see this as what it is: .
Acts 2:38, 39
1 Peter 2:24
1 Peter 3:18
- Angels at God’s Salvation (v. 12c)
The essentials of what it means to be a Christian is not something you .
“To behold” is to HOLD YOUR GAZE or to .
Memory verse: “It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.” 1 Peter 1:12
Read 1 Peter 1:1-12. After studying the passage more closely, how would you summarize it in a sentence?
In verses 10-12, by what different routes did news of salvation come to the readers of Peter’s letter?
Read 1 Peter 1:10-12. About what did the prophets speak and for what did they search? See verse 10.
When and for what have you searched for something intently?
Read 1 Peter 1:10-12. What did the Spirit of Christ predict in verse 11?
How will you rejoice in your salvation today?
Read 1 Peter 1:10-12. According to verse 12, who did Peter say these prophets were serving?
In what way have the prophets who wrote about Christ served us?
How could God use you to serve others in the near future?
Read 1 Peter 1:10-12. What did the angels long to do in verse 12?
Why do you think hearing about the longings of the prophets and angels would have encouraged Peter’s readers?
Read 1 Peter 1:10-12. What did the Old Testament prophets and the angels long to understand before Christ came?
In what ways are Christians special—even when compared to Old Testament prophets and angels?