It is hard to grasp the wonderful privilege of receiving the gospel message. Prophets in ages past were given the message in part, but couldn’t discern the fulness. Who could have anticipated that God would send His Son to be the Savior of the world?
God anticipated it. God planned it, before there was even a world of lost men to save. The Savior was foreknown, fore-ordained; the apostle Peter, speaking of Christ, says, “He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake” (1 Pet. 1:20).
This may strike us at first as a rather strange passage; but think about what it says. God planned our redemption from the beginning. The wondrous work of Christ was in the mind of God before mankind’s fall from innocence. God is so merciful and compassionate that He undertook this work of creation and redemption with full insight and knowledge. Great is His love for us.
Because of Christ, chosen before the foundations of the earth, revealed now, we can know God (v.21). Faith and hope are gifts that come to us in Christ, the gift of God to lost men and women. If we only receive that gift, we may have this hope through all of life’s darkness and struggles, and know the God who loved us before He even brought us into being.