Summary: Intense look at the subject of salvation from a Biblical Standpoint
Then Comes Glory
Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 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. 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.
Salvation ties together the entire gospel, in verse 11 you need to underline two words: Sufferings and Glory . This is what the Salvation message is all about. The New Testament Is in the Old Testament concealed and the Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed.
I.Salvation is the Subject of Ancient Comtemplation.
1. Inspiration: 2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
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. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 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.
They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
The crimson cord of Calvary surrounds all the windows of the scripture. Cut the old Black Back Book where you will and it will bleed the redemption blood of Calvary. The wail of the cross and the Hallelujah of glory.
2. Investigation: The searching mind of man and the revealing way of God. 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.
3. Revelation: The Old Testament created an aire of expectancy in Christ first Coming.
II.Salvation in the Subject of Apostolic Proclamation.
Preachers today preach or should preach the death, burial and resurrection, the same as the apostles, the same as the prophets predicted that would happen. Sufferings and glories always go together look how the Apostle Peter puts it in I Peter 1:11 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.