“Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.”
King James Version (KJV)
1:11 Searching what time - What particular period. And what manner of time - By what marks to be distinguished. The glories that were to follow - His sufferings; namely, the glory of his resurrection, ascension, exaltation, and the effusion of his Spirit; the glory of the last judgment, and of his eternal kingdom; and also the glories of his grace in the hearts and lives of Christians.
1Pe 1:11 Searching what . . . the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify. They spoke of Christ and salvation, and then diligently inquired what the "Spirit of Christ" in them did signify by these words. When it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ. They spoke of the sufferings of Christ but could not understand these predictions any better than the Jews of Christ's time. See Lu 24:25,26.