Eyewitnesses of Majesty
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 2 Lesson 10 Monday
Read third paragraph,
“Peter highlights one specific eyewitness event: the transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus had taken Peter, James, and John with Him to the top of a mountain in order to pray (Luke 9:28). While there with them He became transformed before their eyes. His face shone, and His clothes became dazzling white (Matt. 17:2, Luke 9:29). He was joined by Moses and Elijah, and a voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 17:5, NKJV).”
Any concerns about this?
First, I believe these events are historic, accurate, and really happened. And they happened because Jesus is the Son of God and this is evidence, which is consistent with His divinity and purity that we would expect to see in our Creator God. So all of this is consistent with Jesus as the Son of God and our Savior.
But, and there is a but, what is the but?
This type of physical manifestation can be counterfeited; therefore such manifestations alone, i.e. without the historic life of purity and self-sacrificial love lived out by Jesus, cannot be relied upon.
Any Bible evidence to support my concerns?
- How did Satan manifest to Jesus in the wilderness? As an angel from heaven. Did that mean because Satan presented with supernatural light and miraculous signs he could be trusted?
- “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” 2nd Corinthians 11:13,14
- “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” Galatians 1:8
What is the point here?
That the true God will absolutely be powerful, and absolutely have miraculous revelations and demonstrations that accompany His true visible presence—no doubt. But miracles, signs, and wonders can all be counterfeited, thus we must rely upon something that cannot be counterfeited, and what is that?
The truth—the truth about God, His character and methods of love and the laws upon which He has constructed reality to operate upon.
Understanding these and how they operate, there are certain actions that God will never take—such as?
- God will never lie
- God will never say “love me or I will kill you” i.e. coerce, why? Because it violates the law of liberty and destroys love and incites rebellion
- God will not, and in fact, cannot, force people to love and trust Him
- So, when beings of immense power, manifesting what appears to be heavenly light, performing miracles attempt to impose a system of justice like our fallen world uses—coercion— “Worship me, I love you, I died for you. I only want your good. I don’t want to punish you. But if you refuse, justice requires I punish disobedience. I will first restrict your ability to buy and sell, and imprison, but if this doesn’t bring you to repentance, well holiness and justice requires that I execute you.” This is the beast—that many Christians are preparing to accept.
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