Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 29, 2018

“This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 17:1-13.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+17&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Six days later Jesus *took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and *led them up on a high mountain by themselves.  And He was transfigured before them;  and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.  And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.  Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here;  if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”  While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased;  listen to Him!”  When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified.  And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.”  And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone.”  Matthew 17:1-8.

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Peter was all about doing.  “Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here;  if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”  Verse 4.

Our tendency is also to be all about doing.  That is why other doctrine is so appealing to us.

Whereas Reformed Doctrine focuses on God and what He has said and done, other doctrine seeks to focus on man and what man should do.

Notice God’s response to Peter.  “While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased;  listen to Him!”  Verse 5.  God turned attention from Peter’s doing to His Son, Jesus.  God even turned attention away from Moses and Elijah to Jesus alone.  “And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone.”  Verse 8.

Jesus said:  “It is the Spirit who gives life;  the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.”  John 6:63.

“For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.”  John 5:21.

“Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have words of eternal life.”  John 6:68.


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