by Christina Farris
1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
5 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.
6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.
8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.
10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?
11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist. The rejecting of of untruths is taking God's word and declaring it is true by its word. Meaning if you run against something you believe to be false there should be answer within scripture when it concerning God and Christ. How about other events in scripture, other stories, other people, and promises to come with in scripture that came to pass, in other words past prophesy that are already have come. There is a falsehood that is turning people from Christ to Islam, fast then Christians can show people why it is not so. It is the fact that Elias/Elijah as already come, the last prophet in regards to the coming Messiah, the forerunner of the Messiah. Some have thought that Mohammed was a prophet in regards to educator of the Muslim people as Christ was a teacher to the Jewish and Gentile people of his day. The falacy is there is no scripture that declares of another coming to bear witness of Christ, the Holy Spirit or God the Father. The first thing we need to remember is there two promises declared in scripture the Word and the Spirit from God the Father. It is the part of God that declares his word. Mohammed is not a afterrunner of Christ for they deny Christ as being Savior and Lord, something required by God to have eternal life. Jews deny this also. Yet Christians in general believe the Old Testament because of the prophesy surrounding Christ which is the scripture Jews do study and read. Islam denys both scripture but claim the Bible is twisted that their version of scripture is correct.
How do you put God's word to the test in regards to faith. Will Jesus speaks to Elijah(Elias) and Moses and it causes a fear in the disciples because of the change in appearance of Jesus, and the fact the talking with two men they recognized that were not from their time period. God spoke and declare that Jesus was his Son who he was well pleased at this event called by scholars the transfiguration. And event before Christ death and resurrection. Disciples said the scribes said Elias must come first. That is the forerunner of the Messiah. Jesus declares who the forerunner is, that he had come and the world had already killed him. Disciples understood it was John the Baptist. No more question about the event occurred.
If we under the prophesy of Christ saying the comforter would come, and that he was the Holy Spirit from God then we have to understand several things the word, the Spirit would continue to be a part of the believers life in regards to God's communication with the beleiver. Yet we would need to believe in Christ coming. A simple fact not one not hard to grasp, but also understanding the Word in the flesh was prophesied long ago as coming and would come again. Each generation must receive God's word and Spirit as truth, it not one truth or several truth, but God's truth. God declaration of who He is to each generation. Yet faith begins with belief in Christ coming in human flesh. That is possible for God to create his Son to be the propiator for our sins. When in question why a particular belief does not line up with God's word, we must exam truth of his word. If we exam then we know his word is True for it speaks to our hearts and our minds as the Spirit whispers those things no one else could know that is past, present and future to convince of his power his might to forgive us and to help us believe.
Dear Heavnely Father, move in our hearts to convict us to belief, to faith in Christ Jesus through your word, through and by the Spirit the truth of your reality as you speak to us, that we will believe by faith, and not just by sight of prophetic word, past, present, and future. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:1 John 4:1-15 KJV
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.