Study 33 – THE TRANSFIGURATION: THE PREVIEW OF CHRIST’S COMING GLORY (2)

Study 33 – THE TRANSFIGURATION: THE PREVIEW OF CHRIST’S COMING GLORY (2)

Point 2. THE VISION OF HIS TRANSFIGURATION WITH GLORY

Mark 9:2-6; Hebrews 12:2-3; Luke 1:1; 2 Peter 3:17-18; Revelations 1:10-18

The vision, majesty and greatness that they saw in His Transfiguration. “And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them” (Mark 9:2-3). They had never seen Him is His glory and resplendent form like this before. When Christ does His work of transformation in our lives, no man on earth can make us better. “And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias” (Mark 9:5). Think about this, if the preview of the coming glory was so great and glorious that Peter the Apostle said that it was good for them to remain there, how about when we get to heaven at the end. There is no other place to aim at than heaven; we must get there. For Christ, the transfiguration was a telescopic granting of the joy that was set before Him. It made Him to endure whatever He would go through. Remember that this preview was before the betrayal, and crucifixion, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). This is what you should be doing as well. Any time there is suffering, trial, persecution and opposition and they want to drown or overwhelm you, look away from them and look ahead at the glory to come. It was a solid, steadfast assurance that: (i) after the sweat, there will be sweet; (ii) after the grief, greatness. Jesus is greater than all men that will ever live (Philippians 2:9-11); (iii) after sorrow, supremacy. Whatever sorrow there is today in your life, supremacy will come after in Jesus’ Name; (iv) after shame, stardom; (v) after suffering, splendour. (vi) after stripes, sceptre; (vii) after gall, glory; (viii) after cross, crown. Don’t always look back at your sufferings, look forward to the glory ahead like Jesus the Author, Finisher, and Perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2-3); (ix) after the sinners’ contradiction, there will be the Second Coming;  (x) after endurance, exaltation; (xi) after the great sacrifice there will be great salvation for so great a multitude that no man could number. Likewise, we will believe firmly and be steadfast in our faith, that no man will be able to shake us from our Christian convictions and faith in Christ Jesus.  I believe that there is heaven, a coming glory and that we shall sit with Jesus Christ in splendour and glory. Therefore, be firm and steadfast in the heart, and nothing will make you fall in Jesus’ name, “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness” (2 Peter 3:17). When the wind is blowing, remember the coming glory and be determined not to miss it. John the Beloved saw Christ in glory, and majesty, with all that He went through, the sufferings, trials and the cross, He did all that so that we as His disciples can share in His glory and splendour (Revelations 1:10-18).  You will not miss that glory.

Point 3. THE VOICE FROM THE THRONE OF GLORY

Mark 9:7-8; Daniel 7:9-14; Psalms 2:7-12; Matthew 3:16-17; Deuteronomy 18:15,18; Acts 3:22-23; 7:37; Matthew 17:4-5; Luke 9:34-35; Hebrews 1:1-2; Matthew 24:35; Revelations 22:12-21

This was the voice of the Father that came from the throne of Glory. “And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him” (Mark 9:7). I believe that Jesus is the Son of God because the Father said it, Jesus Himself said it, the angels and demons affirmed that Jesus is the Son of God. “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee” (Psalms 2:7). The Father affirmed that Jesus is the Son of God, even in the Old Testament before His first coming. Jesus is the Final Voice of God, hear Him. He gives us the teachings of the Father, to get to the kingdom of God, hear Him. Jesus is the Final Prophet and Teacher, and He came with the teachings from heaven, we are to hear Him, “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken” (Deuteronomy 18:15). Jesus, the Son of God has come with the final teaching, word and doctrines, and we are to hear Him as commanded by God the Father. Whatever He says unto you on marriage, righteousness, purity of heart, baptism in the Holy Ghost power, watch and pray, readiness for the rapture, and repentance, hear Him.  “For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people” (Acts 3:22-23). We are to hear Him, and whosoever will not hear Him, there is no way such can get to heaven. As you hear Him, you will live and will not perish. We will hear Him and shall live in Jesus Name (Acts 7:37). “While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5). We have no excuse but to hear Him. He has spoken to us, as the Son of God, the words we need to hear and practise. God spoke unto the nation of Israel in time past by the prophets, but in these last days, He is speaking to us by His Son (Hebrews 1:1-2), and everything we have heard as the words of Christ, we should cleave steadfastly unto them and don’t let them slip from us (Hebrews 2:1-4). He had spoken about salvation, how to get to heaven, and all the words He taught and said, we are to hear Him, then shall we abide forever. By that word of Christ we are saved, sanctified, have the power of the Holy Ghost, we live and walk in the light and righteousness. His word will abide for ever. The words of the Lord Jesus Christ are full and final, the final message of the Almighty God. To be saved, be acceptable unto God, live a life that is pleasing to Him and get to heaven after life here on earth, we need to hear Him. All who reject Christ’s words, doctrines and teachings will be lost forever. You will not be lost. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). His words on salvation, purity of heart, holiness, baptism in the Holy Ghost, monogamy in marriage, shall not pass away, and we will not alter or modify His words, because we are going to Heaven. We are going to abide, hear and have grace and power to obey from Him unto the Final Day when we shall share in His glory, in Jesus’ Name.  Salvation and freedom from sin, with the power to live a victorious life, is available as you come to Christ today (Revelations 22:10-17). “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Revelations 22:18-19). Those who gamble, mutilate, modify, jest, joke, and disbelieve the totality of the word of God will not be in heaven.

We have seen the preview of the coming glory of Christ that we are going to partake of when Christ will come, and I pray you will not miss that glory. Make sure that you are born again, sanctified, working for the Lord and living in accordance with the words of Christ, and when He shall come, you will appear with Him in glory in Jesus Name.    

Ponder on this! The words of the Lord Jesus Christ are full and final, the final message of the Almighty God. To be saved, be acceptable unto God, live a life that is pleasing to Him and get to heaven after life here on earth, we need to hear Him. All who reject Christ’s words, doctrines and teachings will be lost forever. You will not be lost. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.

Ponder on this! He had spoken about His death on the Cross, and that they will be sorrowful because of His shameful and painful death, but that was not going to be the end; there will be a crown after the cross, and dominion after death. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.

Ponder on this! When the wind is blowing, remember the coming glory and be determined not to miss it. You will remain steadfast, going on and growing up.  Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.

Hard Sayings – Those who gamble, mutilate, modify, jest, joke, and disbelieve the totality of the word of God will not be in heaven. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.

Reflection – For Christ, the transfiguration was a telescopic granting of the joy that was set before Him, and this made Him endure whatever He was going to go through. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.

Words on the Marble – Any time there is suffering, trial, persecution and opposition and they want to drown or overwhelm you, look away from them and look ahead at the glory to come. Jesus was looking at the glory, that was the essence of this transfiguration. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.

Key Words – The Transfiguration was a preview of the testimony and the word that Christ had given that His glory was coming. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.

Compelling Charge – Jesus, the Son of God has come with the final teaching, word and doctrines, and we are to hear Him as commanded by God the Father. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.

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