28  P E T E C H A R E T T E church which brings his wisdom to expression. That wisdom is his eternal purpose in Christ (11), which quite clearly is none other than his intent to unify all things in Christ (1:9–10). It is brought to expression in a universal church where Jew and Gentile live and worship as one body, in harmony with God and with brothers and sisters in Christ (3 cf.v.6, 2:11–22).4 Therefore, throughout future ages we are to be shining exam- ples of God’s goodness throughout the entire spiritual realm. The implications of that for each and every believer are astounding. We should be striving to lead holy lives as an outworking of our transformation in Christ, so that we can be amazing examples of God’s grace, kindness, and wisdom toward us in Christ through- out the spiritual realm. Too often, our focus is too narrow, and in our understanding, our God is too small. God’s focus is not global; it’s cosmic. God reveals Himself to all creation, not just the physical realm. Peter gives us a glimpse of God’s revelation in the spiritual realm in his first epistle. In 1 Peter 1:3–12, Peter opens the letter (as is a common New Testament custom) with an extended blessing to God. He blesses God for birthing us again to a living hope (v. 3), for giving us an imperishable, undefiled, and unfading inheritance (v. 4), for test- ing the genuineness of our faith (v. 7), for a glory-filled and inex- pressible joy (v. 8), and for the outcome of our faith---salvation (v. 9). In verses 10–12, Peter dives deeper into our salvation, explaining that the prophets prophesied about the coming of Christ and the sufferings and glory of Christ. These things have now been revealed in the Gospel by the power of the Holy Spirit. Verse 12 ends with a fascinating clause that has implications for our current discussion: things into which angels long to look. 3 cf. compare 4 Max Turner, New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition, 4th ed. (Leicester, England; Downers Grove, Ill.: Inter-Varsity Press, 1994), S. Eph 3:1.