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Weekly Bible Study - Series In 1 Peter
Study 4 -
1 Peter Ch 1: verses 10 to 12

“Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours made careful search and enquiry, enquiring about the person or time that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated when it testified in advance to the sufferings destined for Christ and the subsequent glory. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things that have been announced to you through those who brought you good news by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven-things which angels long to look!” 
(1 Peter Ch 1: verses 10 to 12 New Revised Standard Version).

The complexity of Jesus and golf

In golf we have a rules book and then a companion to the rules book for the officials who run golf tournaments. These 2 books come out on occasions when a ruling is required. I was surprised some years ago attending a rules seminar put on by the PGA for Trainee professionals that I only got 50% correct after playing golf for 30 years and having an interest in the rules that govern the game. I wasn’t the only one embarrassed as most young PGA Trainees also erred more than they expected.
Most golfers know the well known rules needed that get you around the golf course, however even on the PGA Tour you see professionals sometimes calling for rules officials. The point I am making is to illustrate how complex golf is when it comes to all the rules. This doesn’t stop us from enjoying the game and honesty in regard to applying the rules is the best way to go.

Our writer this week is talking about the salvation that we receive through Jesus. The salvation that Jesus gives is not difficult t understand or appreciate. The 2 primary responses required of us is faith in Jesus in regards to Jesus being the Son of God and Saviour through his death and resurrection and the 2nd is a willingness on our part to follow Jesus and live the kind of life God calls us to live.

However, similar to the rules of golf, the background to Jesus’ coming is quite complex.
When Jesus appeared 2000 years ago he was not a flash in the pan, but his coming was carefully foretold in the writings of the prophets of the Old Testament, even though the details were not clear either to the authors inspired by God who wrote of him or to those after them.

Once Jesus had died and risen from the dead he was able to open the disciple’s minds to the scriptures and show them how his coming and particularly his suffering and subsequent glory was planned by God. This point is very important because it provides us with the details and fuller meaning of Jesus’ life. My guess is that for many followers of Jesus who are golfers both the rules of golf and the Old Testament appear too complex at times.

However my belief is that God and the church have given us the scriptures to strengthen our faith in Jesus and to get to know him in all his fullness. Just like for those of us who play golf knowing the rules helps us appreciate the game more, so too does reading the scriptures to build our faith strong. This I believe is what our reading is about this week.

Gracious God, Thank you for the scriptures that are able to instruct us in our faith in Jesus especially the prophets who spoke of Jesus. Amen.


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