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ecently, I finished reading a   and decreed “before the ages for our
              children’s  biography  of  Marie   glory” (1Co 2:6-13). Grace was so securely
        RAntoinette with my daughter. I       headed our way that Paul can say God
        owe nothing to the French queen, and yet,   gave it to us “in Christ Jesus before the
        by the time we’d reached the last page,   ages began” (2Ti 1:9; cf. Titus 1:2). When
        we were sufficiently interested in her to   your todays are tough, God wants you to
        study the timeline together. Suppose we   go back to a time before there was time
        came across a timeline of something that   and know that all of heaven’s storehouses
        had radically transformed our life, past,   of grace were bulging for you.
        present, and future. Wouldn’t we be will-
        ing to study it closely together?     Prophesied in the OT Era
          The Apostle Peter has spent the first   (1:11)
        nine verses of his letter telling us about   Next on the timeline, this grace was
        our salvation. In 1:10-12 he continues the   prophesied by the prophets. The source of
        same topic, but uses a new word: grace.   their prophesying comes as no surprise:
        This little paragraph reads like a selective   they prophesied by the power of the Holy
        timeline of God’s unmerited favor. Peter   Spirit. How else could they know what
        knew that for Christians going through   was to take place centuries later but by the
        a  rough  patch  in  life,  there’s  nothing   Spirit who knows all “the deep things of
        like poring over the major events in the   God” (1Co 2:10 KJV)?
        timeline of God’s grace.
                                                It’s  what  the  Spirit  gave  them  to
        Grace Was Planned (1:10)              prophesy that’s shocking: “the sufferings
          It’s a timeline that begins even before   of Christ and the subsequent glories” (1Pe
        time  itself.  When  Peter  writes  of  “the   1:11). Notice the parallel Peter has created:
        grace that was to be yours” (1:10),  he   the  prophets  prophesied  “the  for  you
        literally says “the for you grace,” that is,   grace” and the Spirit predicted “the for
        the grace meant for you. The things that   Christ sufferings.”
        have now been freely given us by God –   At the heart of the grace planned for
        things that no eye had seen, ear heard, or   us were the sufferings planned for our
        heart imagined – were prepared, planned,   Messiah. Like sheep we have gone astray.
        ¹All Scripture references in this article are from   We have turned from our Creator to our
        the ESV unless otherwise noted.       own way. We have rebelled against His

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