We live during an amazing day and age. Consider just some of the inventions and discoveries that have been made since the time when the Apostle Peter lived.
1st century – invention of a steam turbine
3rd century – printing by the use of letters carved on wooden blocks
6th century – matches to light fires
9th century – gunpowder
12th century – the compass
13th century – soap and eyeglasses
15th century – the printing press
17th century – the telescope
18th century – the piano, a device used to measure blood pressure, the steam engine and the telegraph
19th century – morphine and use of anesthesia, pasteurization, the combustion engine, automobiles, and the ball point pen
20th century – radio, television, plastic, lasers, computers, pocket calculators and the internet
We live in an amazing time of industrial and technological development, but even more so, we live in an amazing time of spiritual revelation. Note the words of Peter –
1 Peter 1:10 This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. 11 They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward. 12 They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.
Up until the time when the Holy Spirit began to indwell believers, many of the mysteries concerning God’s plan of salvation were unknown. Peter tells us that the Old Testament prophets did not always understood what they were writing. They knew that someone significant was coming, but they were not sure who he was. They knew something important was about to happen, but they were not sure what it was. Even the disciples who walked and talked with Jesus did not fully grasp who Jesus was and what He had come to do until the Spirit came upon them at Pentecost and began to open to them the scriptures. Consider just for a moment these three major events that have occurred during this time period we now call the Church Age.
God’s Son was born as a human baby, died on a cross for our sins, rose victorious over death, and has ascended back to the right hand of His Father where He now prays for us daily.
The Holy Spirit has come and lives inside of every single believer, helping them to understand the Word of God and empowering them to do God’s will.
God’s complete revelation, known as the Bible, has been given for all to read and understand.
Even in the midst of their terrible persecution, the 1st century Christians had much for which they could rejoice. They were experiencing firsthand what had stirred even the curiosity of angels.