"THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PETER"
Ministering Not To Themselves, But To Us (1 Pe 1:10-12)
1. Already in Peter's epistle we have seen several blessings enjoyed by
the "elect" of God...
a. E.g., born again to a "living" hope - 1 Pe 1:3
b. E.g., having a joy "inexpressible and full of glory" - 1 Pe 1:8
2. As we continue in verses 10-12, we find that Peter expands upon
the topic of the "salvation" Christians enjoy as a result of their
3. If one takes the time to contemplate upon what is found in this
passage, he should not fail to be impressed with how privileged we
are in God's sight
a. For there we learn that we are the recipients of a gospel that
was prophesied and has come to us only through the efforts of a
very distinguished company of individuals!
b. And in their efforts, they were ministering not to themselves,
but to us who are now Christians!
[To illustrate just how privileged we are, let's begin identifying
those who have ministered to us...]
I. WE HAVE BEEN SERVED BY "THE PROPHETS"!
A. WHICH IS THE MAIN THOUGHT OF THIS PASSAGE...
1. When the prophets prophesied, they were often intrigued by
what they revealed - 1 Pe 1:10-11
a. This is because they were inspired or moved by the Holy
Spirit, and not by their own will - cf. 2 Pe 1:21
b. Therefore, they often expressed perplexity concerning those
things they prophesied - e.g., Dan 7:28; Dan 8:26-27
2. But as pointed out in our text, it was revealed to them that
they were not serving themselves, but us! - e.g., Dan 12:8-9
B. CONSIDER THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS POINT...
1. We who are Christians have been served by such people as:
a. Moses, Samuel, and David
b. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel
2. These men (and many others) spent their lives, and in many
cases even gave their lives, in service to you and me!
3. Yes, these great "heroes of faith" suffered much in their
service to God and to us who are now in Christ -
cf. Heb 11:36-38
[It is clear that we must be very special in God's sight, for we
have been ministered to by the prophets of Almighty God -- prophets who
have suffered for our sake.
And yet, there is even more...]
II. WE HAVE BEEN SERVED BY "THE HOLY SPIRIT"!
A. THIS THOUGHT IS ALSO EXPRESSED IN OUR TEXT...
1. For it was the Holy Spirit who inspired the prophets to
proclaim things to come - 1 Pe 1:11
a. It was He who inspired David and Isaiah to foretell the
sufferings of Christ - e.g., Ps 22; Isa 53
b. It was He who likewise moved the prophets to proclaim the
glories to follow
1) E.g., the resurrection of Jesus - Ps 16:9-11
2) E.g., His ascension and coronation - Dan 7:13-14
2. It was the Holy Spirit who inspired the apostles to reveal
the gospel - 1 Pe 1:12
a. As Jesus promised He would, in His discourse to His
apostles - Jn 16:13
b. As Paul said He did, in writing to the Ephesians - Ep 3:5
B. AGAIN, CONSIDER THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS TRUTH...
1. Through His ministry of inspiration and revelation in the
lives of the prophets and apostles, we have been served by the
2. Because of His work, we have today the completed revelation of
God's Word in our hands!
3. This is in addition to the "sanctifying work" of the Holy
Spirit to which Peter referred in 1 Pe 1:2
[Do we appreciate the service that the Holy Spirit has rendered for us
throughout the ages? Is this not an indication of the great value God
must place upon His people?
But there is also another group of distinguished individuals who served
their lives on our behalf...]
III. WE HAVE BEEN SERVED BY "THE APOSTLES"!
A. THIS WE CAN GLEAN FROM VERSE 12...
1. "...those who preached the gospel to you"
a. This is a likely reference to the apostles of Jesus Christ
b. Who were commissioned to preach the gospel, as recorded in
2. As they carried out this "Great Commission", they considered
themselves merely servants of those to whom they preached
a. As Paul said, they were but "seed-throwers" and
"water-boys" - cf. 1 Co 3:5-7
b. They were serving as servants of Christ - 1 Co 3:21-4:1;
2 Co 4:5
B. THEREFORE, WE HAVE BEEN SERVED BY MEN...
1. Such as Peter, James, John, and Paul
2. Who gave their lives for our sake, to convince the world that
our faith in their testimony is not unfounded, but that Jesus
did indeed rise from the dead! - cf. 2 Co 11:24-29
[When we take the time to think about those who spent their lives
ministering to us, we can't help but conclude that Christians hold a
very high place in God's scheme of redemption as it has unfolded
throughout the ages!
But before we conclude this lesson, let me point out another noble
group that has served those who are God's "elect"...]
IV. WE HAVE BEEN SERVED BY "ANGELS"!
A. VERSE 12 TELLS US THAT ANGELS HAD A KEEN INTEREST...
1. In things prophesied by the prophets
2. In things proclaimed by the apostles through the gospel
B. WHY SUCH A KEEN INTEREST?
1. They too were involved in the process of foretelling and
revealing the salvation in Christ!
a. E.g., Gabriel's appearances to Daniel - cf. Daniel, chapters 8 & 9
b. E.g., Gabriel's appearances to Zacharias and Mary -
cf. Lk 1:11-19; Lk 1:26-38
2. But like the prophets, angels were also in the dark concerning
the details of coming salvation
3. And so, the angels were serving not themselves but us! -
cf. He 1:13-14
1. Our Father in heaven must hold His "elect" (the church) in high
regard to have them served by such distinguished company!
2. Being so privileged should motivate us to praise God for His grace
and to devote our lives in grateful service to Him and His people
3. God's grace reached its zenith when, in addition to all of these
(prophets, the Holy Spirit, apostles and angels), He sent His only
Son to serve all mankind!
"just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to
serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." - Mt 20:28
Shouldn't we respond with grateful service through faithful obedience
to His Will?
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