Steven Long
Broken and healed; sinful and forgiven. His mercies are new every morning!
User since 2009
Steven's published pages
The gracious benefits we receive from the Father through the Son should cause us to praise Him with much laude!
1 Peter 1:3-5
Grace and peace come to God's people because it was His will that His Son give Himself for us. Any other peace is non-lasting and cannot end
Galatians 1:1-5
Justification before God is clearly grounded in Christ's atoning work on the cross. When this is clearly portrayed, there is no confusion on
Galatians 3:1-9
Even in the prophets, we see the gospel clearly proclaimed. Take heart and know that even long ago God planned to save a people unto Himself
Hosea 2:16-20
Idolatry is an act of unfaithfulness to Yahweh. His purpose of His people is that they know Him in an intimate way, forsaking all others.
Hosea 2:16-20
Do not be discouraged when you sin. God's promise to be with His people is not hindered by your sin, as we learn from Jacob
Genesis 28:10-15
God's promise to keep you secure lies not in your ability to perform or not perform, but in His good word
Genesis 28:10-15
Jesus' incarnation was not simply to come as God in the flesh. It was to fulfill the atonement for His people and be crushed by God.
Isaiah 53:1-6
Worry & Anxiousness are the beginning signs of idolatry, even worry over our basic needs. Do you worry?
Matthew 6:25-34
Even our basic needs are no cause for anxiety. Jesus assures us that the Father will provide for His children from day to day
Matthew 6:25-34
What does believing and doubting have to do with prayer and receiving from God? EVERYTHING!
James 1:2-8
The believer's certainty is so sure that John stated it twice. God's love for His people is remarkable!
John 3:9-18
Humility is submitting to God, both in trials and in the Church
1 Peter 5:6-9
Paul's success in the gospel was due largely to the people's help. Do you stand behind those who minister to you?
Philippians 1:3-11
The resurrection gives a believer hope because he will be kept by a power greater than himself–God's own power.
1Peter 1:3-5
We receive everything of God "according to His great mercy." Everything hinges on this
1Peter 1:3-5
How do we fear God and love Him at the same time? The Psalmist has the answer
Psalms 147:10-11
The Incarnation of Christ is about more than just a manger. He is manifested for the joy of the world
1 John 1:1-5
Chaos is not always bad. God commands that we fully lean on Him. Israel's wanderings are a great example of good chaos.
Deuteronomy 8:1-5
A person who fancies their self religious but has no outward manifestation is one who is most deceived indeed.
James 1:26-27
Trials are only here for a little while; and then we are with Jesus. What a great comfort this should be to Christians!
1 Peter 1:1-9
God's holiness is fearful; His mercy is greater
Isaiah 6:1-7
Forget your checklist. Stop looking inside to find your justification and look to the cross for a clean conscience.
Galatians 3:1-7
God is the ultimate Blesser. We should focus less on our blessings and focus more on the Blesser Himself.
Ephesians 1:1-14
The goodness of God leads us to great philanthropic acts (good works) because He saved us from a life of sinful desires and attitudes.
Titus 3:1-8
Do you like stirring up trouble? Are you a person who likes to argue just for argument's sake? If so you may be in danger!
Titus 3:9-11
If you believe good works has nothing to do with Christianity, think again. Good works doesn't sanctify us but it proves our fruit.
Titus 3:12-15
Titus 3:1-8
Main point summary. Arc.
Ephesians 1:1-14
Galatians 1:1-5
1 Corinthians 2:6-9
It appears that the two main themes that flow out of this passage are: To His glorious praise.
Ephesians 1:3-9
Ephesians 1:3-10
Inheritors of the Crown   Again, the glory of God and Christ are the central theme in this pass...
Ephesians 1:11-14
Context This section of Hebrews 11 deals specifically with the faith of Abraham.
Hebrews 11:8-19
  Note on 1c - One may ask why I consider 1c a concessive statement.
1 Peter 1:1-5
A Brief Synopsis 7a seems to be the ground for these four verses.
1 Peter 1:6-9
view all (38 total)
Our Great Salvation
1 Peter 1:10-12
Our salvation is the most precious thing we have. The prophets, apostles, and Holy Spirit all testify to it
Published January 9th, 2017
Share / Groups / About Author
Phrase & General Outline
A Brief Exposition
Wisdom, Works, and Worship
Tie-in Passages
Phrase & General Outline
1 Peter 1:10-12
Concerning this salvation,
the prophets ... searched and inquired
1. What the prophets did
who prophesied
a. they searched and inquired
about the grace
b. they searched carefully
that was to be yours
inquiring what person
2. What the prophets searched
or time
a. about a Person (the Messiah)
the Spirit ... was indicating
b. about the time of the Messiah
of Christ
in them
when he predicted the sufferings
of Christ
and the subsequent glories.
It was revealed
3. What the prophets learned
to them
a. They learned about their ministry
that they were serving ... you,
1. their ministry was not self-serving
[ex. Purpose of 4b]
not themselves
2. their ministry was to God's people
in the things
b. They learned about the gospel
that have now been announced
1. the gospel was revealed beforehand
to you
2. the gospel was preached to you by the Holy Spirit
through those
3. the gospel that angels desire to understand
who preached the good news
to you
by the Holy Spirit
sent from heaven,
into which angels long
to look.
Destination (fig.)
A Brief Exposition
vv. 10-11 Peter continues his epistle talking about the salvation of his readers' souls from verse 9. He goes into more detail about what this salvation consisted of: (1) The prophets' role — The Word of God was revealed to them about His coming salvation. A deliverer would come and the Peter tells his audience that the prophets not only inquired about this Messiah they did it in a careful manner. This is to ensure the audience that their salvation was not an afterthought. Even the prophets beforehand understood that someone greater than them was coming. (2) The Spirit's role — To solidify this message of hope in Christ, Peter points the Sprit's role in the coming Messiah. Christ's Spirit, as part of the Godhead, was pointing the prophets to Himself. He pointed to the work of the Messiah as well as the means by which He would accomplish the exiles' salvation (sufferings and subsequent glories, 11f-g). v. 12 Peter then explains about the prophets' ministry. It was all in service to future believers. But more importantly is the Temporal aspect of the phrase: these things are here right now! It is not something that they must wait for off in a distant future. The gospel has been brought to them by (1) those who preached to them, (2) and the Holy Spirit who was sent from the Father in order to preach through those that delivered the message of salvation. This section is concluded by the statement about the angels' desire to understand these things. At first, it seems as if it doesn't really make sense. But I believe it is further proof of how great a salvation we have obtained through faith in Christ. If Heavenly beings desire and long for the same knowledge we have in forgiveness how much more valuable does that forgiveness become? I believe this is Peter's point in saying this. He wants his audience to understand the sheer worth of their faith, and vv.3-9 seem to support this as Peter launches into a full explanation of the worth of their salvation. What a tremendous God and Savior we serve!
Wisdom, Works, and Worship
Our salvation is great because it was purchased at a great price—with the Son of God's own blood (cf, vv 18-19). The prophets of old testified to His work, the apostles were sent to testify of His work, and those who believed preached to us His incredible work of salvation. Because of this, we can have complete confidence that our future hope is secure in His grasp and then carry this same message of hope to those who not yet heard.
Tie-in Passages
Matthew 13:17 For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. 2Peter 1:19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts ... Ephesians 3:10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Disclaimer: The opinions and conclusions expressed on this page are those of the author and may or may not accord with the positions of Biblearc or Bethlehem College & Seminary.