1 Peter 1:8 – You love him passionately although you did not see him, but through believing in him you are saturated with an ecstatic joy, indescribably sublime and immersed in glory.
This verse describes the experiential nature of the Christian faith. To know about the Lord alone is never enough; we have to know Him, know Him intimately in order to begin to know what Peter is describing in today’s verse. This ecstatic, unspeakable joy is the result of having a life changing encounter with the Lord. It is thought that Peter actually coined the Greek word, anakleletos, which is often translated unspeakable or inexpressible. What was Peter saying? He was saying that there is a supernatural joy that is impossible to describe with human language. Nothing we can say even comes close. The only way to get it is to experience the love of God for yourselves. It is God’s love that births that joy which is immersed in glory into our lives. Here is how Wuest describes this verse.
“One must have the nature of an artist to really appreciate and love art. One must have the nature of God to appreciate and love the Lord Jesus. It is this ideal combination of a study of God’s Word and a definite subjection to the Holy Spirit that results in the clear, vivid portrait of the Lord Jesus in the spiritual vision of the saint. To know Him is to love Him. To know Him better, is to love Him better. The secret of an intimate, loving fellowship with the Lord Jesus, the secret of knowing Him in an intimate way, is in the moment-by-moment control of the Holy Spirit over the life of the Christian believer.”
I love this insight from Wuest. He describes this love of God to the love of art. He says you must have the “nature of an artist” to appreciate a work of art. He goes on to say it is the nature of God deposited in us that creates a love for God in our lives.
For me, it all started at my conversion. I begin to be attracted to the Word of God, especially the gospels. As I searched the gospels, Jesus became more and more real to me. His love for me seemed to be oozing from each of the gospel stories. His love for me began to fill my heart and began to spill over in His joy. Read the gospels over again for yourself. As you do the Holy Spirit will draw you near and fill your heart with His unspeakable joy.