Morning Devotion: Read I Peter

1 Peter 1:9  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

10  ¶Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

12  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.

The prophets of old writing in the Spirit of God tell us of the salvation, the grace that came unto us and sufferings He would endure. That one grace, the one Saviour is Jesus.

Isaiah 53 gives us clear example of how they knew and prophesied of Jesus.

Isaiah 53:1  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

2  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

3  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4  ¶Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

8  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

9  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

10  ¶Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

12  Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

From Genesis 1:1 to Zechariah 14:21 leading into the New Testament we find Jesus. Adam knew, Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, Noah and Moses knew and many more knew the truth of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

Why is it that much of the world does not know? Do you know? Are you born-again?

These scattered believers knew. This letter is and encouragement to those who knew and yet suffered at the hands of those who did not.

1 Peter 1: 12  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.

It is by their words, by the words of those Old Testament prophets that we ministered by. The Bible, all of the bible is there for our learning and for our hope.

Romans 15:4  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

The hope that lies within us is Jesus.

The choice is till yours,

Pastor Cook