Aspire | in Christ’s daily presence
“As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, 11seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.” 1 Peter 1:10-12
Peter continues this theme of understanding the precise and effectual work of God in salvation and the equipping of His people to live for Him by giving us a hindsight view of the past. The prophets and true believers from the very beginning studied this Great Savior. In Genesis 3 the first declaration of a coming Redeemer was given and ever since then until Christ came to earth, His people looked for Him, hoping that their eyes would see Him, encouraging their listeners and the next generation to be on the lookout for His arrival.
This reminds me that we should continue to look for Jesus, both in His final return and in our everyday lives. What is the great aim and duty of our lives? To make much of Christ and enjoy Him every day.
One can’t know a friend without spending time together, and we have the entire Word to give us insight into how we may make our moments Christlike, and I find the Psalms to be especially helpful “...I thought on my ways and turned my feet unto Thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep Thy commandments…” (Psalm 119:59)
Peter urges his readers (and us) to continue in these ways of studying Christ and trusting Him implicitly as their forefathers and revered leaders did. His audience received a full view of Christ whereas the believers from long ago only had types and shadows. Yet, those first saints faithfully preached, pointed, and persevered. Even the angels themselves, who continually praise the Lamb, don’t fully understand what Christ did and continues to do. What a gift it is to be known and loved by the Giver!
As a friend of mine noted once: “I cannot know all there is to know about God, but I can know all that the Scripture has to say about Him.” This here is the believer’s life-long journey. Let each of us delight in His presence every day and fill our minds & hearts with the wisdom found only in His Word.
*NEW* Journal Prompt: in the coming week, record what the Word says about Jesus in your daily reading! What can you gather about His character and Person?