1 Peter: We Have What Old Testament Prophets and Angels Longed To Have

This “good news” – “the salvation of your souls” (1:9b-10a) – was the fulfillment of these Old Testament prophecies that the prophets had diligently “searched and inquired” about (1:11).  It had not been completely revealed to them during Old Testament times.  Even “angels long to look” into these matters (1:12c), the Greek rendering of this phrase indicating that the angels so passionately desired to know more about these matters that they would in a figurative sense bend or crouch down to see it.  Yet God’s plan to save mankind was now completely revealed to Peter’s readers, and us today, within the New Testament (cf. Rom. 16:25-26; Eph. 3:3-5).  We today can now see and know that of which they could only glimpse and ask.  What a blessing that is!… Read More 1 Peter: We Have What Old Testament Prophets and Angels Longed To Have

Hebrews: Jesus’ Superiority Over Moses

The Hebrew Christians to whom the book of Hebrews was initially addressed were being tempted to abandon Christianity and go back to Judaism to avoid persecution.  Thus, Hebrews is basically a reasoned argument showing that Christianity is superior to Judaism.  After having shown Christ’s superiority to angels and the Old Testament prophets who had spoken to their ancestors (Hebrews 1-2), the inspired author now turns his attention to comparing Jesus to the prophet for whom the Hebrews justifiably had the most respect: Moses. … Read More Hebrews: Jesus’ Superiority Over Moses