“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 (The Gospel of Jesus Christ!) 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.
Peter urgently wants his readers to understand that the gospel is not a novel idea that he concocted to draw their attention or even to bring them a false hope. The message of good news and hope didn’t just appear from the blue… such as in Greek mythology when Athena came forth from Zeus’ head. This is the gospel that was declared by the prophets of old!
While the prophets couldn’t fully understand everything they were being led to write and proclaim, none the less, they looked into these promises, and carefully inquired of their meaning. They knew that all the messages they were given from God would find fulfillment, they just didn’t know when. They knew that the Christ would come and that He would suffer: that His suffering would bring glory to God.
The prophets were the mouthpieces of the Holy Spirit, but it was not until ‘the fullness of time’ came that people could comprehend their words. The prophets had to wait and see.
The prophets weren’t the only ones desirous to see the fulfillment of their prophecies. Peter says, “The angels in heaven longed to look into these things.”
Do we find this fascination in the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ? We should! We read that when one person comes to faith in Jesus, the angels throw a party (Luke 15:10)! These heavenly beings delight in Christ’s ministry. They marvel at the work of the gospel.
We should catch this! Jesus didn’t come on behalf of His angels. He came for us! How much more should we worship and praise our God for His miraculous provision of grace!
The angels watch the proving of our faith and the progress of our sanctification with awe. Oh, the riches of Christ!