The Excellent Glory

2Peter 1:16-18 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

‘Cunningly devised fables’ Peter evidently refers to the fables of the heathen priests about their gods. He declares that he and others were eyewitnesses of Christ and His transfiguration (1:16-18). Today we have the fables (1Tim. 4:7; 2Tim. 4:3-4) are made up when so-called preachers tell stories to entertain and make their hearers feel good about themselves and their relationship with God instead of teaching the Word of God (2Tim. 4:2, 5) that was given that we can live purified lives (Tit. 2:14; Jas. 4:8) instead of in bondage (2:19-22; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 5:1) to the dictates of this world, sin and satan 1Jn. 5:18).

‘Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty’ this refers to the transfiguration which was an actual demonstration of Christ coming in His glory to earth to set up His kingdom (Matt. 16:27-28; 17:1-8; 24:29-31; 25:31-46; Rev. 19:11-21).

‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’ God has declared by an audible voice that Jesus of Nazareth is His beloved Son (Matt. 3:17; 17:5; Mark 1:11; 9:7; Luke 3:22; 9:35; 20:13).

‘We heard, when we were with him in the holy mount’ three disciples heard God’s voice and saw the glory of God and the appearance of Moses and Elijah (Matt. 17:1-8) at the transfiguration when they were sent to confirm the following: The abolition of the lawof Moses (Matt. 11:11-13; Luke 16:16; Gal. 3:19-25; 4:21-31; 2Cor. 3:6-15; Col. 2:14-17). The fulfilment of prophecies of the sufferings of the Messiah (Luke 24:25-27, 44-45; John 1:45; Acts 13:29-41). Christ as the Messiah, the sole authority from God and the Mediator between God and man (Acts 3:22-23; Heb. 1:1-2; 1Tim. 2:5). The reality and consciousness of departed spirits (Luke 16:19-31; Eph. 4:8-10; Heb. 12:23; Rev. 6:9-11). The immortality of the soul (1Pet. 3:4; 4:6; Ps. 16:10; Luke 20:38). The second coming, rewards and punishments (Matt. 16:27; 24:29 – 25:46). Physical resurrection (Matt. 17:9; John 5:28-29; 1Cor. 15:1-58; Rev. 20:4-15). The reality of the future eternal kingdom (Matt. 16:28; 17:1-9; Rev. 5:10; 11:15; 20:1-10).

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