Gospel Obsession
January 28, 2018

Gospel Obsession

Passage: 1 Peter 1:10-12

This salvation is the story of the Old Testament, yet it remained a mystery to many (see Ephesians 1:9). The disciples were often confused by the mission and will of God in the life of Jesus. They, as well as many of the Jews, felt that the blessing of salvation would be a nationalistic salvation of release from exile. Although this was true, that exile was more spiritual than physical, and that salvation was a reconnection to the God of creation, not just a personal or national deliverance. God’s desire has been for the nations to worship Him, and that is rediscovered in the mission of Christ, the Messiah. For this to take place, the suffering of Jesus had to happen in order to atone (make sacrifice) for our sins. Real justice demands punishment; amazing grace pays that punishment for us (Romans 5:8; John 3:16). The “Predicted Sufferings” are the many Old Testament passages that point to a Messiah that would one day come and suffer for our sins (Isaiah 53; Luke 24:25-27).[1] Note the gospel is announced to us. Romans 10 reminds us that those who believe need to hear the gospel, and that they can’t hear the gospel without someone to proclaim it to them (see Romans 10:13-15). We have a calling in Christ to proclaim the gospel to those who haven’t heard it. The gospel is an announcement or a heralded story about a King who has come. We are the “heralds” of that story, and angels long to completely understand what God is doing through His people! Wow, what a calling!

Study Questions

  1. What is the mystery of our faith?
  2. Why are there mysteries at all?
  3. Why don’t the angels know fully what God is doing?
  4. What does it mean that they (the angels) were serving us and not themselves? What does that mean for you?

[1] The Old Testament has many direct prophecies like we see in Psalm 22, and many types that point to the need for a greater savior (like we see in the story of the Exodus, or the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22)