Before the foundation of the world

1 PETER 1:10-25

Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for

“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

REFLECTION

  • What has been something you have eagerly anticipated? What made it something you were looking forward to so much?
  • What does Peter say is the thing that the angels longed to see? Does that change or add to your understanding?
  • Peter is connecting the words of prophets of the Old Testaments to the work of Jesus Christ. Is it at times hard to connect the Old and New Testaments? Why or why not?
  • This connection is all part of a plan that started when? And in what way are we connected to this plan?
  • Finding our hope and faith in God leads us to do what? What is Peter’s charge to the reader?

ARISE & SHINE

In this passage we see that the Old Testament is connected to the New Testament. We also see that it all comes together and is fulfilled in Jesus. This was not a surprise for the prophets spoke of it—even if they didn’t know it at the time. And even before the prophets, even before the world was made, this has always been the plan of God.

Peter then wants the church to know that we are a part of this! Before the foundations of the world we, too, were chosen in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:4). This magnificent, cosmic, eternal plan that is fulfilled in Jesus is also a plan so intimate and personal that it has a place for us. Know that his plan is not through yet, so place your hope in the one who has the power to see his plans out to the end.