Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1 Peter 1:10-13 (KJV)
Are you saved? That was a question that was asked of us when I was young. I knew exactly what was meant by that question. It meant, “Have you confessed your sins and asked Jesus into your heart?” Nowadays if you asked someone if they are saved, they might wonder what you are talking about. However, if they are truly “saved,” they will know that a great change has come to their lives.
Peter wrote of the salvation of our souls which will be fully revealed when Jesus comes again. Of this salvation the prophets who prophesied of it did not understand or receive it even though they searched the Scriptures concerning it. Imagine being able to tell of every detail of a great feast and yet not being permitted to taste a single bite of it. Angels desire to look into God’s plan of salvation but even they cannot partake of it. The writer of Hebrews wrote,
“And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.”
Hebrews 11:39-40 (NKJV)
Without question, the “better” is the best because what we have came through the “only begotten Son of God.”
Because we have, through Christ Jesus, receive so great a salvation, doesn’t it make sense that we should live like it? Peter wrote,
“Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:13 (HCSB)
Friend, with everything that is going on in this world could it be that seven years from today that Jesus will be revealed and will set his feet on the Mount of Olives? Isn’t that what Peter was writing about when He said, “be sober, and hope to the end?” Get your thinking correct and stay ready for that great day. Amen and amen.