Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Matthew 17:1-7

"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".

“When you come through the New Covenant cloud of baptism into Christ, you will look up and see no Moses, no Elijah but just the New Covenant in Christ Jesus. Peter is wanting to make Jesus equal with Moses and Elijah. Moses represents the Law – Elijah represents the Old Covenant prophets of judgement. Jesus represents grace and Peter wants to mix together and balance and make compatible and honour equally grace and law and Old Covenant prophetic judgement …

The law came on tablets of stone and 2 Corinthians 3 says it is a ministry of fading glory. Peter means “stone”. Every Hebrew name has a meaning. James means “Jacob” or “supplanter” and John means “grace”. So on the Mount of Transfiguration the ministry of stone was supplanted by grace. Elijah represents that under Old Covenant prophets, the sacrifice was never enough. The sacrifice was always far less than the judgement (for instance Elijah on top of Mount Carmel – the fire consumed everything). Under Jesus the sacrifice was far greater than the wrath. Condemnation is perfectly over. The curse of the law is permanently over! How could the Father call you righteous without you doing righteous acts? Because Jesus who knew no sin was made sin without Him doing sinful acts”.

Ref: Rob Rufus - “You cannot see the Glory while in the Land of Slavery” - City Church International, Hong Kong – 1st July 2007.

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