“For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.” 1 Peter 1:20-21 NASB
After explaining that our conduct (the way we think, feel and live) is to conform to the price paid for us, the blood of the Lord Jesus, Peter now adds some information for us about our Christ.
He was foreknown (to know beforehand; foreknew; foreknown etc…) before the foundation of the world. Since he is a part of the three-in-one, then of course, He was foreknown. Forever before known – before the foundation (a laying down; conceive) of the world. Before the world (cosmos) was even conceived – He was foreknown. This “foundation” word is the same one used in Ephesians 1:4, “just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.” (So as He was known we were known in Him in a life of holiness and blamelessness. This is when and how deeply we have been chosen).
“He has appeared in these last times for the sake of you (us) who are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory,….” For our benefit, dear ones, for us He appeared (became visible, was revealed, manifested). It has been for you and for me that this cosmic event of His coming, living, dying and ascending has occurred.
This produces in us, (when mediated on and allowed to permeate our thoughts) a deep sense of peace, comfort and “knowing” that we belong and are deeply loved. He has not done all this so we would sink in the middle of some crisis of circumstance, but has provided fully for all we need.
“…so that your faith and hope (expectation) are in God.” We so often expect others to do for us what the Lord alone can either do by Himself, or what He will do through others for our benefit. He leads others to benefit us. Just like He leads us to benefit others. So as we listen and enjoy the journey of doing and being Him in our world, so we can rest in His doing for us in His ways what is needed – emotionally, physically, spiritually — in every way.
“Pour out your before Him.” (Psalm 62:8) and then rest in its accomplished fact. That is faith. Faith sees what is not yet seen in the natural. We rejoice in faith, rest in His choosing and live as He demonstrates in His power. What a marvelous Lord!