“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” (Matthew 17:5)

Leslie M. John

“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” (Matthew 17:5)

Peter and the two sons of Zebedee (James and John), who saw Lord Jesus when He had transfiguration, testified to the world that the face of Lord Jesus Christ was like that of the Sun, and His raiment like that of white light.

In the early days of Christianity, i.e., after the ascension of Lord Jesus Christ into heaven, many false stories circulated about Jesus to cause people to develop unbelief in Him. Peter, the disciple of Jesus, was perturbed on hearing false stories, and therefore, he along with James and John, bore witness to the world, of the Lord’s transfiguration. They bore witness of what they saw of His glory on the holy mountain and also heard the voice from heaven saying, “…This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him…” (Matthew 17:5; 2 Peter 1:16-18).

Peter and other disciples did not follow cunning fables devised to deceive people, but they were physical witnesses to the live events of the ministry of Lord Jesus Christ’s ministry. They testified to the audience that they were present at the very scene where the Lord transfigured to show His Majesty and glory to them.

Peter heard Lord Jesus say that the Father loves His Son and that the Son has the power to lay down His life and take it again. (John 10:17).

John testified that “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)

True, we enjoy the benefits of the love of God because Jesus laid down his life our sake; “But God raised him from the dead” (Acts 13:30). We are cleansed of our sins by the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross. This is the truth and faith in him alone saves a person from damnation.

There was much distortion of the truth in the early days of Christianity deliberately by some who followed Gnosticism, which deals with self-realization. Peter mentions in 1 Peter 2:1-2 about false teachings prevalent during his ministry.

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of” (2 Peter 2:1-2)

Gnosticism teaches that man can unite with God by understanding fully what he is and realizing who he is and gaining spiritual knowledge is the road to salvation. It does not teach salvation by grace through faith nor does it believe in Church or sacraments. Gnostics believe that a lower level of god created the universe and men are held captive devoid of special knowledge, which, according to them, is ‘gnosis.

Gnostics believe that abstinence from material wealth, and material world would bring them self-realization and of the many restrictions it included dietary restrictions, circumcision, avoiding commandments against adultery and fornication. It means adultery and fornication were not sins in their view. According to them Lord Jesus was a spiritual being, who came from spiritual world, and had a spiritual body and did not have a physical body on His resurrection. This was an unbearable heresy for Christians.

The Holy Bible says…

“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist” (2 John 1:7)

“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:4)

Do not trust every spirit, but test the sprits to know for yourself whether or not those spirits are of God. There are many false prophets and preachers gone out into this world. The way to know whether someone is from the living God or not, is to make sure whether or not that person confesses the incarnation of Lord Jesus Christ and lived among us. Anyone, who does not confess that Jesus is come in the flesh, is not of God but of antichrist. There are many out there now who say that a man can gain salvation by good works. It is time we know them and realize that they are not from God.

If you are not yet saved, here is word from Apostle Paul, who says that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you shall be saved. (Romans 10:9)