Tuesday, May 29, 2018

How Can We Not Behold His Glory?

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)

Did you know that Jesus' transfiguration appears in only three of the four Gospels?

Matthew: "1And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 2And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light." (Matthew 17:1-2)

Mark: "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. 3And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them." (Mark 9: 2-3)

Luke: "28And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. 29And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering." (Luke 9:28-29)

The Gospel of John does not feature the transfiguration scene, even though he was present in all three accounts.


Because for John, Jesus' glory was always manifest.

In the first chapter of his Gospel, John God's own Son, his glory beheld by all.

How did John know so clearly and consistently about Jesus' glory.

Because he knew how much Jesus loved him:

"Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved." (John 13:23)


"When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!" (John 19:26)


"Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him." (John 20:2)


"Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea." (John 21:7)


"Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?" (John 21:20)

When we know how much Jesus loves us, how can we not behold his glory?

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

To Be Rooted in God's Love, Be Established in His Righteousness

"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love" (Ephesians 3:17)

God wants us to know how much He loves us. It's hard for us to imagine, the great Creator of the Universe wants us to know how much He loves us!

It's not about loving Him, for our revelation of His regard toward us is essential before everything else:

"We love because he first loved us." (1 John 4:19)

Now, how do we get the best foundation for knowing how much He loves us?

When we are established in His righteousness!

"In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee." (Isaiah 54:14)

When we know that we have been declared righteousness, that we are justified despite our failures and sins, we can know that God the Father accepts us fully. Love means nothing if you don't believe that you are accepted, too:

"Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile." (Psalm 32:2)

Paul declared to the Jews during his ministry:

"38Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: 39And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses." (Acts 13:38-39)

Be established in the truth that through Jesus, you have been justified, and that your sins have been forgiven.

Then you will have no problem being rooted in God's love for you.