“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.” 1 Peter 1:10-11 ESV
The Bible reveals to us Gods marvelous salvation plan. Praise God for the prophets and the Scriptures given to us through them! We can’t dismiss them as outdated. Just like a treasure chest of gold and pearls would be of great value to us years later, the gold mine of God’s Word—specifically the gospel, is history’s greatest treasure. The prophets point us to Jesus and how much we need his saving grace. We hold the fullness of the treasure of the gospel in Christ made known to us!
All of the 66 canonized books of God’s breathed out words are relevant for our daily living (2Tim3:16). It, first of all, points us to how far short we fall of meeting God’s standards. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Rom 3:23. Then, it provides the only way of escaping God’s just wrath upon us for rebellion against his law. “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5:6-8. And it teaches us how to follow Christ, “For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” 1Thess 1:9-10. With as much enthusiasm as the prophet’s year ago, we too should search and study carefully God’s promises and how we are called to follow and point others to the Messiah-King until they are fully realized.