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11/09/2017

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The Transfiguration Upon Reflection


"For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For when he received glory and honor from God the Father such an utterance as this was made to him by the Majestic Glory, 'This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased'----- and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain" (2 Pet.1:16-18).

Probably more than 35 years had passed between the time that Peter had seen Jesus transfigured and the writing of his second letter. During this time, Peter had been a leader in the church at Jerusalem, and had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. He had seen the church become a worldwide fellowship of believers. Would you like to venture a guess as to how many times he had shared the experience of the Transfiguration of Jesus with others? I believe that this singular event probably transformed his life, and this Galilean fisherman became an instrument for God... Through him and others, the church had been set into motion, and the apostle wanted folks to know that he was an eyewitness to some spectacular events. He had been with the Lord when God uttered the words found both in Matt.17:5 and here in his second letter, this is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased. Peter shared with his readers that the prophetic word had been fulfilled in what Jesus had said and done... In a special way, the events Peter, James and John saw on the mountain had both confirmed and solidified what they understood the prophets to say. His readers would do well to listen to God's Word... "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Psa.119:105). Peter wants his readers to understand the significance of the prophets. More than that, he wanted to impress them with God's revelation. The prophets had not spoken according to their own unguided wisdom, because God had been at work in them... Scripture has come into being this way; "But know this first of all, that no scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God" (2 Pet.1:20-21). It is so wonderful to know that the prophets were inspired by God. We should all be in awe, knowing that the Scripture they wrote is God speaking across the centuries to His people... I need an amen for that....

Have a great day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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