6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.
10 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 11 searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 12 To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into. (1 Peter 1:6-12, New King James Version)
We rejoice that Jesus holds us and keeps us, knowing that any trials or tests we face will pale in comparison to the glory we will have at the revelation of Jesus Christ in the last day.
We have not seen this day, and we have not seen Christ, but we love Him without seeing Him because His Spirit dwells in us who have received salvation by God's grace.
It is interesting to note the prophets who in the past proclaimed this grace that was to come did so through the same Spirit, that is, the Spirit of Christ (vs 11). These prophets did not fully understand what they prophesied in the messianic prophesies, but they put their faith and trust in God based on what had been revealed, even though that revelation was as yet far from complete. It was okay that they didn't understand it all, because the things they prophesied and wrote were not really for their benefit, but for ours. They were part of a bigger picture they could not even imagine, a piece of God's plan.
We put our faith in Him based on so much more revelation than they had. We (the church) have mysteries revealed to us that even angels desire to know and understand. Mysteries which God did not reveal directly to His angels, but instead revealed to His church, and through His church revealed them to the powers and principalities in heavenly places. (See Ephesians 3:9-11)
So much more has been given to us than to the prophets of old, our revelation is so much more complete. It is a wonder we do not explode for joy over the knowledge of God that has been given to us!
We have even been given so much more than the angels in heaven, have been given, for Christ did not die to save fallen angels, but did die to save fallen human beings.
We should always be rejoicing at the sheer miracle of the gospel, both what Christ actually did for us, and that we have had it revealed to us so completely.
There are things that still have not been fully revealed to us, (1 Corinthians 13:12) and will not be fully revealed to us until Christ returns and we become like Him, but surely if the prophets could walk in such faith with the little that was revealed to them, we can do so with the abundance of revelation and grace given to us.
Lord, I praise You for Your Mysteries that have bee revealed through Your word, thank You that you have chosen to reveal to Your church things that previously You did not even reveal to the angels in heaven. I praise You also Lord for the glory that will be revealed in the last day, for the day when we will behold You face to face, and know You in ways we cannot fathom now.
Praise You Jesus!