Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow – 1 Peter 1:11
The prophets of old, looking into the realm of the spirit, searched intently, to know the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them signified, when He testified of the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow. Meaning, that right after the sufferings of Christ, a life of glory ensued. Jesus already suffered on our behalf, and His vicarious suffering has ushered us into the glory-life. He didn’t suffer for nothing.
Isaiah 53:5 says He was wounded for your transgressions, He was bruised for your iniquities, the chastisement of your peace was upon Him and with His stripes, you were healed. He suffered, so you don’t have to suffer. Anyone who’s suffering today, in spite of what Jesus has accomplished for us, is paying the price for ignorance. God said in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge….” To the one who’s suffering from cancer, for example, he only needs to know that Jesus already suffered that debilitating ailment on his behalf and act accordingly. To believe is to act.
It reminds of what happened with the Apostle Paul at Lystra in Acts 14:7-11. As Paul preached, there was a crippled man who sat listening to the Gospel. Paul, fixing his gaze at him, perceived that the man had faith to be healed and said to him with a loud voice, “… Stand upright on thy feet. And he (the crippled man) leaped and walked” (Acts 14:10). Paul didn’t pray; he understood that the life of glory should follow the sufferings of Christ, and as a result, he ministered the Gospel to the crippled man, who accepting the truth, was healed instantly.
What does this mean to us today? It means anyone who hitherto couldn’t walk, can now walk. Anyone that was blind can now see. Life and light have been manifested in Christ, through the Gospel; therefore, no more death, no more darkness, no more defeat, and no more fear. Our Saviour Jesus Christ has abolished death, disease and failure, and brought us into a life of glory, honour, dignity, and excellence. Glory to His Name forever!
Dear heavenly Father, you’ve called me to a life of glory, virtue, honour, dignity and excellence, and have made me the expression of your glory. As I continue to behold your glory in the Word, I’m metamorphosed and positioned for an extraordinary life of dominion, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Isaiah 60:1; Romans 8:30; 2 Peter 1:3