17th February 2023

I saw it with my own eyes!

For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
2 Peter 1:16 (NIV)

This weekend it is Transfiguration Sunday, an event the apostle Peter looks back on as he writes his second epistle, presumably to the same gentile audience who received his first (2 Peter 3:1). In the letter, Peter uses his experience of the transfiguration as a defence against two ‘destructive heresies’ introduced by false teachers to bring ‘the way of truth into disrepute’ (2 Peter 2:1-2). First, a denial of Christ and his sovereignty (v.1) and second, a ridiculing of Jesus’s promised return (2 Peter 3:3-4).

I cannot stress enough the heinous nature of these accusations: that Christ is not sovereign, that is, he is not God, and that he was not going to return in power. If Jesus is not God and if he is not returning, then, as the apostle Paul famously wrote, ‘your faith is useless’ (1 Corinthians 15:17 NLT). No wonder Peter does not hold back in his condemnation of the false teachers, calling them ‘unreasoning animals’, and saying that ‘blackest darkness is reserved for them.’ (2 Peter 2:12,17 NIV).

So he calls upon his chief witnesses – himself and his fellow disciples, James and John. Not only did they see Jesus transfigured before their very eyes, they also heard the voice of God, the being Peter calls the ‘Majestic Glory’ , “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (2 Peter 1:17).

Peter understood the importance of the transfiguration as an event that both confirmed Jesus’ divinity and foreshadowed his death, resurrection and ascension to the Father. It also  emphasises the reliability of the prophetic words of many Old Testament verses, as well as many explicit New Testament passages, that foretell Jesus’ glorious Second Coming when ‘the morning star rises in your hearts.’ ( 2 Peter 1:19)

The transfiguration proves it. And Peter saw it with his own eyes.

Prayer
Majestic Glory, thank you for the eyewitness accounts of Peter and many others which testify to Jesus’ birth, death, resurrection, ascension, divinity and soon-coming return in power and glory. Thanks to them we can believe the unfailing truth that “…there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” 1 In his name we therefore pray. Amen.

Study by Peter Mill

1 Acts 4:12


About the writer:

Peter Mill is a minister in Grace Communion International and  Regional Pastor for Scotland, Ireland and Northern England

Local congregation:
GCI, Edinburgh – Edinburgh has a zoom service at the moment. For details email the local congregational contact below. 

Local congregational contact:
Peter Mill
Email: edinburgh@gracecom.church 

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