Suggested further reading: 1 Peter 1:8-12
We have here the one instance on record of our Lord Jesus
Christ rejoicing (v. 21). And what was the cause of our Lord's joy?
The conversion of souls. It was the reception of the gospel by the
weak and lowly among the Jews, when the wise and prudent were
rejecting it. Our Lord saw much in this world to grieve him, not least
the obstinate blindness and unbelief of the majority, but when he saw
a few believing his heart was refreshed. Let Christians follow
We see the sovereignty of God in saving sinners (v. 21).
Why some around us are converted and some are not we cannot
possibly explain. We can only acknowledge the words of our Lord
(v. 21) and remember that God's sovereignty does not destroy man's
responsibility. The same God who does all things according to
the counsel of his will addresses us as accountable creatures, as
beings whose blood will be upon their own heads if they are lost.
The wisdom of this world often makes people proud and
increases their natural enmity to the gospel. Nothing so blinds our eyes to
the beauty of the gospel as the vain, delusive idea that we are not
so wicked and ignorant as some men are and that we have a
character that will bear inspection. To see that we are bad and ignorant is
the first step to being really good and having saving knowledge.
Our Lord speaks of his own majesty and dignity (v. 22) as
no patriarch, apostle or saint could. He is distinct from the Father
and yet entirely one with him, knowing him in an unspeakable manner.
Those who hear the gospel have peculiar privileges (vv.
23-24). The full significance of these words will probably never be
understood by Christians until the last day. We have probably a most
faint idea of the enormous advantages enjoyed by believers who
have lived since Christ came into the world. The difference between
the knowledge of an Old Testament believer looking forward to
Christ and a New Testament believer looking back is the difference of
twilight and noon, of winter and summer, of a child and a
For meditation: We are privileged in knowledge. Do we use
our privilege to the full?