TRANSFIGURATION - FAITH - HARDNESS OF HEART - ENTER LIFE
"After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up unto a high mountain, and was transfigured before them, and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was a white as the light. And behold there appeared unto them Moses and ELijah talking with Him" (Mat. 17:1-3).
Now many will read this in the other Gospels and say, ah this is proof good Godly people go to heaven on death.
It's one of the things God throws in to see if you are really studying ALL the verses on a subject in the Bible. FOR in Matthew we get the answer: IT WAS NOT A REALITY!!.....
"And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no man but Jesus.... And they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them saying, TELL THE VISION to no man, until the Son of man be risen from the dead" (vs. 8 and 9).
IT WAS NOT A REALITY BUT A VISION; IN THE SAME MANNER LIKE EZEKIEL WAS GIVEN MANY VISIONS.....IT WAS A MIND'S EYE PHENOMENON!
WHAT ABOUT REMOVING MOUNTAINS IF YOU HAVE FAITH? - MATTHEW 17:17-21
The disciples could not heal a man's lunatic son....."O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him to me" (vs 14-17).
"And Jesus rebuked the demon....then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, BECAUSE OF YOUR UNBELIEF: for truly I say unto you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove, and nothing shall be impossible unto you. HOBEIT THIS KIND GOES NOT OUT BUT BY PRAYER AND FASTING" (vs 19-21).
FIRST OF ALL WE SEE JESUS QUALIFIED IT ALL BY SAYING, PRAYER AND FASTING GIVES THIS KIND OF GREAT FAITH. YOU HAVE TO BE VERY CLOSE TO GOD, TO DO A MIRACULOUS FAITH MIRACLE.
SECONDLY, YOU DO NOT PLAY AROUND WITH GOD'S GIFT'S....YOU DO NOT "SHOW OFF" AND DO THINGS YOU HAVE FROM GOD, JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT, OR VANITY OF IT.
YOU USE WHAT YOU HAVE FROM GOD AS AND WHEN IT IS NEEDED! Think now when would you need to remove a mountain, or have a miracle of faith performed? OF COURSE WHEN IT IS VERY MUCH NEEDED!
WHEN YOU ARE IN THE SITUATION WHERE A MIRACLE IS NEEDED, AND YOU ARE VERY CLOSE TO GOD IN PRAYER AND FASTING, THEN YOUR FAITH CAN DO ANYTHING THAT IS REQUIRED. MOSES NEEDED FAITH WHEN GOD TOLD HIM TO STRETCH FORTH HIS HAND OVER THE SEA AND IT PARTED.
WHEN CLOSE TO GOD IN PRAYER AND FASTING, THEN FAITH CAN INDEED REMOVE MOUNTAINS, PART THE SEA, CAST OUT A DEMON, OR WHATEVER MIRACLE IS NEEDED.
SOME THINGS, ACTUALLY MANY THINGS, UNDER MOSES AND THE OLD COVENANT, WAS "BECAUSE OF THE HARDNESS OF YOUR HEARTS" IT WAS PERMITTED (Mat. 19: 8).
In this section Jesus is answering the Pharisees as to why Moses allowed pretty easy divorces.
"MOSES BECAUSE OF THE HARDNESS OF YOUR HEARTS ALLOWED YOU TO PUT AWAY YOUR WIVES [for just anything], BUT FROM THE BEGINNING IT WAS NOT SO!
Jesus went on to GIVE THE INSTRUCTION FOR THE NEW COVENANT AGE - SEE MY STUDY "DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE."
MANY OTHER THINGS UNDER THE OLD COVENANT COME UNDER THIS "HARDNESS OF THE HEART" - LIKE POLYGAMY BEING ALLOWED - SEE MY STUDY "LIVING BY EVERY WORD OF GOD - HOW?" FOR SOME GUIDELINES.
"And behold, one came and said to him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have [inherit] eternal life. And He said unto him, .....but if you will ENTER INTO LIFE, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS" (MAT. 19: 16-17).
FIRST: this sound like you can EARN eternal life, a contradiction to being SAVED BY GRACE!
There is no contradiction - see my study called "SAVED BY GRACE."
The man went on to ask Jesus WHICH COMMANDMENTS. Jesus gave a list, verse 18 and 19. They are from the TEN COMMANDMENTS of Exodus 20.
Some who just hate the 4th commandment - the SABBATH, may say.... ah no Sabbath command.
BUT Jesus also did not quote the "the no profanity command" the "no idol command" - Jesus only quoted 5 of the Ten commandments, so can we then break the other 5? I THINK NOT!
IT IS A SILLY THEOLOGY THAT TEACHES WE KEEP THE 5 COMMANDMENTS JESUS QUOTED BUT WE CAN BREAK THE OTHER 5.