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Chapter # 1 "Scenes of Our Salvation"
Message # 4 "Scenes of the Background"
Text: I Peter 1: 10-12
Intro: Not only is the background of the Old Testament vivid, but it is vital.
For the performance of Calvary to be real, it had to portrayed,
prophecied, and posted in the Old Testament. Just as they were
ridiculed for looking to Calvary, we are ridiculed now for looking
to the Coronation. They were on the little end of something big, and
so are we.
I. NOTICE THE DILIGENT SEARCH
("of which salvation the prophets have inquired an searched diligently,
who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you. Searching
what or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them
did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and
the glory that should follow.")
A) They searched for the Meaning ("of which salvation")
men today will stand on their thoughts about how to get to heaven,
and stumble all over the truth. "search the scriptures, for in them
ye thnk ye have eternal life". They are searching in the wilderness
of their minds and this world, when the truth lies in the search of
the Word of God.
B) They searched for the Manner ("searching what, or what
manner of time")
Galations 4: 4 "when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth
His son". God's timing is just as important as God's truth. Both
are deeply grounded in God's foreknowledge and providence.
C) They searched for the Manifestation ("when it testified
beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that
The prophets understood that God's Word was settled in heaven,
and that God's Word was settled in their hearts, but they searched
for the day when it would be settled on the hill called Calvary.