Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you…. which things the angels desire to look into (1 Peter 1:10–12 KJV)
Peter, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, opens a fascinating window into the inner thoughts and activities of angels. God’s angels desire to look into the unfolding of the plan of God in Christ. They are “stretching their necks” to look, waiting patiently for it to happen, and probably asking the Father to allow them to see it all. But what on earth is causing such excitement, joy, and commotion amongst angels?
What happened to the angels was transmitted to the prophets! When the Spirit revealed Christ to the prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, David, or the others like Daniel, these men saw the grace Jesus brought to humanity and the glory of God that will follow. Scripture tells us they became restless and asked God to tell them more or even show them when these things would be fulfilled. In response to their desire, the Spirit of God told them:
“Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us, they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into” (1 Peter 1:12 KJV)
The Lord told the prophet the things they had seen were not for them. But what things? Peter continues and says:
“ The 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 KJV).
They saw Christ bringing grace and the glory of God to His people. The same thing that aroused the curiosity and stirred the excitement of the prophets is what the angels also long to see. They are anxiously waiting to see the fullness of the person, the presence and the power of God fully expressed and manifested in human beings. There are many things about God that the angels—including the higher ranks of principalities and powers—do not know, and they will see these things for the first time in believers! ( Eph. 3:10).
As I have mentioned, this glory in Christ is not merely some fire, light, or cloud hovering on the earth, nor is it widespread manifestations of miracles everywhere. Yes, it will include these expressions, but it supersedes them. This glory is God Himself in His fullness manifested on earth not as God but as you and me—Christ in you, the hope of glory! The angels will look at you and see things about God that they themselves have never seen since God created them. No wonder they just cannot wait for it to happen!
Be encouraged, for great things are spoken of you, glorious people of God! ( Ps. 87:3)
Do you remember Moses asking God( also longing) to see this glory? ( Exo. 33:18)
Apply the Word
Crave a revelation of Christ! The glory of God is our calling in Christ and the destination of grace. It is crucial to understand and step into this heavenly calling to glory. The glory is the result of grace, and grace comes as Jesus is revealed. Angels long to see you in fullness, and your fullness is revealed when you behold the fullness of Christ.
Ask the Father for a fresh hunger for an ever-increasing revelation of Christ.