1 Peter 1:10-16; The uniqueness of Christianity

This salvation (the new life and blessings referred to in verses 1-9), Peter says, was affirmed and predicted by prophets who were seeking God’s wisdom in understanding His promises.  These promises, anchored in history and called prophecies, are what make the Christian faith unique.  Christianity did not just show up on the scene as a new and novel religious philosophy.  From the beginning of the history of the nation of Israel (ie the beginning of creation), through the ministries of Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel and others, God was using history to anchor the amazing acts of the person of Jesus into an expected historical climax.  So as Isaiah prophesy’s Jesus coming (chapter 53 and many others), truth seekers were “(making) careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He (God) predicted the suffering of Christ and the glories to follow (verses 10-11 of 1 Peter 1)”.  Simeon also in Luke 2 (verses 25 and following) was “expectantly awaiting” these events.  In knowing that our faith walk in Christ is anchored in the promises of history we should “prepare our minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix our hope on Jesus, not being conformed to worldy pressures but conforming to Jesus’ example (verses 13-16 of 1 Peter 1)).  Why?  Because this same salvation history tells us there is more to come (Daniel 9-12, Revelation).  What an exciting life to live in the tangible, palpable and historical hope that comes to us in the ministry of Jesus Christ.  Both now and not yet.  That is why Peter exhorts us as he does in these verses.


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