Summary: A message designed to fremind Christians of the great salvation we have.
Taking Salvation For Granted
Most of us take things for granted. As much as kids hate it when we say things like this…let’s think back: Do we realize that there was a time BEFORE air-conditioning and automatic transmissions in cars; self-defrosting freezers in refrigerators; credit cards; hot water in your faucet; interstate highways…etc.
Believe it or not…there was a time when we didn’t have remote controls for our television sets!
The same is true in the Spiritual Realm. I think we take our salvation for granted. Many of us have forgotten what it was like before we found salvation.
In Christ, You have it so good. You are accepted, saved, indwelt by His Spirit, forgiven, made new…and we have a great future waiting for us in heaven.
In vs. 6-9 Peter is trying to get the Christians to rejoice in their salvation. Even though their faith is being tested, He wants them to understand the great privilege they have of being saved. So he spends a few verses chiding them—poking at them—because he thinks they aren’t understanding what they’ve got in their salvation.
By studying this passage, Peter also wants to ask us, “Do you realize how good you have it?”
I. Salvation is the Subject of Prophetic Investigation. Vs. 10,11
Matthew 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
A. They wrote about grace—vs. 10 – but they were told it wasn’t for them. They were still living under the law system. Grace wasn’t for them. They still had to hear about sacrifices and feast days and offerings and obeying God’s commandments. We get to hear about and KNOW grace. Vs. 13 says fix your hope on the grace that comes from knowing Jesus Christ. But those prophets didn’t get to know that grace. But when Paul wrote II Corinthians, he said, “Now is the accepted time; now is the day of salvation.” The prophets didn’t get to know a time of grace, but we do.
B. Vs. 11 says that as these prophets wrote, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, they wrote about a Savior who would suffer and die for their sins. The second half of the book of Isaiah is about the suffering savior. Isaiah wrote about it, but didn’t know about it. The prophets were interested in what they were writing about. So they searched—but all they got was the answer: “It’s not for your time…” (vs. 12)
C. They wrote about the glories of a coming kingdom. Daniel is about the coming world kingdoms and the Messiah. Daniel 2:44 says, “In the days of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.” Most of Zechariah is about the coming kingdom. Zechariah 2:10 says, “Sing for joy and be glad, oh daughter of Zion, for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” declares the Lord. Zechariah 8: 3 -- “Thus says the Lord, I will return to Zion and I will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem…” They wrote about it, but when they tried to find out more, the Spirit just told them, “It’s not for your time.”