Our passage in 1 Peter today is very powerful. Peter speaks of how the prophets have served these people who he is writing to, and honestly, the prophets can be seen as serving us today. They prophesied about the coming of Christ (v. 11-12), but what sticks out is that the Spirit of Christ was revealing these things to them. They prophesied through the Spirit, which is why their prophecies came true. The prophets have served these people and us because they spoke of the Messiah who was to come. And we know that the Messiah has come and His name is Jesus.
This leads into verses 8-9. Even though we have not seen Jesus or will see Him physically, we can love and believe in Him because of the prophets and the testimony that comes from someone like Peter. If we believe and love Jesus, then we obtain, “the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” And if we obtain that, Peter says that we should, “rejoice with joy that is inexpressible”.
How zealous are you for Jesus and the salvation that you have received from Him? I will often tell students, “If you have become numb to Jesus and what He did for you then you might want to check your heart and figure out what is wrong.” As Christians, we should rejoice daily for the fact that Jesus saved us from our sins, yet we often don’t do that. So what is holding you back from having a joy in Christ that is inexpressible?
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice