Attending or teaching in a Christian school is an incredible spiritual blessing, but it can also put us in incredible spiritual danger. The Christian school environment exposes us to the gospel of Jesus Christ every day. We can freely study and discuss the Bible and Jesus in any class, in the hallways, on the ball field and the court, and in the cafeteria. We can begin every class in prayer. We can gather together for gospel conversations and prayer at lunch or recess. Every week, we get to worship through singing and hearing the Word of God preached in chapel. All of these and more are spiritual blessings that very few Americans are privileged enough to enjoy. Reasons like these are why I believe strongly enough in Christian schooling that I have committed my career and life’s work to it. I firmly believe that Christian schooling and homeschooling are the last, best chances that we have to preserve a remnant of real Christianity in this increasingly godless nation.
But today’s passage reminds us that we must be careful not to take these blessings for granted and become bored with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yes, the gospel message is simple enough that a child can understand it: (1) We are sinners separated from a holy God by our sins, (2) Our sin made us guilty of God’s judgment and wrath, (3) But God gave us His Own Son Jesus to provide a way of escape and salvation, so that (4) Everyone who trusts in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ can receive the free gift of eternal life. But in another sense, there is a bottomless depth to the gospel message that we should never get over. The prophets of the Old Testament searched their own writings to see who this Christ would be and when He would come. The apostles, preaching in the power of the Holy Spirit, look backed to the miracle of God coming in the flesh to suffer and die for them and never ceased to be amazed that such a thing could happen. Even the angels in heaven, who never sinned and never needed to be redeemed by the blood of Christ, marvel still at the glory of God’s plan of salvation. If the apostle Paul after years of Christian life and service could write that he still desired to “know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings,” how much more should we still search out the wonder of the gospel? Let us never get over the miracle of our salvation. We will spend all eternity praising God for it!
The Text (1 Peter 1:10-12)
10 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 11 searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 12 To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into.
Background and Observations
• All of God’s saints from the beginning of time have looked to Jesus as their Savior. In the Old Testament, God’s people looked forward to the Redeemer promised them in Genesis 3:15 right after the Fall. Now that Christ has come, God’s people look back to the cross for our salvation. Abel and Abraham and Moses and David are all in heaven right now worshipping the same Jesus as Peter and Paul and John and all of Christ’s true church here on earth.
• Redemption is possible for men and women, but not for angels. The fallen angels who rebelled against God were condemned to eternal judgment and cannot be saved by Christ’s blood. The angels who did not fall do not need to be saved. Surely these servants of our God are amazed that Adam’s fallen race could be brought back from death to life by faith in Christ’s sacrifice.
Questions to Think About
1. When was the last time that you shared the gospel with someone? That you prayed for someone to be saved? Intentional evangelism will fan afresh your love for Christ and others.
2. When was the last time that you thanked God for your own salvation? Have you ever thought about what your life would be like without Christ? Sometimes we need to stop and be amazed again at God’s grace in our lives.