From teh pen of Dr. Sam Jones
“Reasons to rejoice” is the theme for the devotional thoughts for this month. Today’s devotional thought will consider the seventh reason for Christians to rejoice – the mystery of the scheme of their salvation has been revealed (I Pet. 1:9-12). One of the outcomes of Christians trusting in God through difficult times is the salvation of their souls. Peter tells Christians, in these verses, that they are privileged in the eyes of God. Let us briefly explore why Christians are privileged and one product or outcome of the privileged state. Peter states at least two reasons why Christians are privileged.
First, Christians are privileged because they can have a complete knowledge of the mystery of their salvation revealed (made known) to the prophets. What they are privileged to know, Peter says, the prophets searched diligently to understand. The prophets were inspired by God to preach things above their own abilities to comprehend. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, they were able to foretell things to come and unfold the will of God. Peter writes, the prophets “inquired and searched carefully” to fully understand what Christians are privileged to know now. Moses, the great emancipator, preached of salvation or God’s scheme of salvation coming not through him, but Jesus, God’s Son (Deut. 18:15). Isaiah prophesied of the coming Messiah (Isa. 7:14) and His suffering to provide redemption for all (Isa. 53:1ff). Daniel and other prophets prophesied about the establishment of the Kingdom (Dan. 2:44; Isa. 2:2; Zech. 1:16). These prophets often expressed perplexity concerning those things they preached (cf. Dan. 7:27-28). Christians can now understand completely the revealed mystery of God. Paul, indirectly in Ephesians 3:3, exhorts Christians to rejoice with gladness because by revelation God has revealed (made known) to the apostles by the Holy Spirit, His will (Eph. 1:9-10). The salvation of their souls through or in Christ Jesus is available to all – Jews and Gentiles (Eph. 2:16; 3:6). Christians can understand truths the prophets searched diligently to know.
Second, Christians are privileged because they can know things the angels didn’t comprehend but desired to know. God used angels, like He used the prophets, to make known His will (cf. Dan. 8 & 9). The truths of God’s plan were not completely understood by the angels. Paul says in Ephesians 3:10 that the mystery or God’s will was once hidden even to angelic beings but now it can be known by all. Therefore, Christians should rejoice and be happy because they can now know completely the “manifold wisdom of God.”
Christians have reasons to rejoice. They are privileged people, and this spiritual awareness should motivate them to rejoice and have “joy inexpressible.”