STRANGE WORKS OF GOD

Lk. 9:29-31 – And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming. And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, who, appearing in glory, were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.

Obviously, we don’t have everything figured out yet. Just when we think we have it all sorted, the Lord throws us a huge curve ball. Who could have seen this coming. Casting out devils, healing the sick, even raising the dead; we kind of get that. Transfiguration? What is that anyway? Jesus and three of His disciples were praying when suddenly Jesus’s whole body began to shine with glory like Moses’ face when he came down from the mountain. Not only that, Moses and Elijah were there with Jesus out of nowhere talking about the Lord’s coming death. The disciples were still stuck on sorting out this life, they had no idea about kingdom glory.

What is the message in this passage for us today? It seems like church services today have become shorter and shorter and the emphasis on the kingdom of heaven has gotten less and less. We hear about finances and goals and family and success but not so much about glory and rarely a word about kingdom come. Jesus being transfigured sort of changed the conversation that day. What is transfigured anyway? Transfigured comes from the word metamorphosis. It is describing a total change from one being into another. It’s kind of like a butterfly coming from a caterpillar, it just doesn’t get much stranger than that. The Lord wants to bring a transformation into our lives. Paul used this word and idea in 2 Cor.3:18, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit”. In this passage Paul actually says that there is a metamorphosis in our lives as we are transformed by the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

So there it is, it is that anointing thing again. Maybe the anointing seems strange and insignificant to some but there is no way for us to be transformed or transfigured without this strange work of God. Maybe its time for us to be still in our services and allow this strange, transforming work of the Spirit to come into our services. This is the only place our disintegrating culture can be restored.

One Reply to “STRANGE WORKS OF GOD”

  1. Wonderful topic today Pastor! Pass me the bottle and I will propose a toast. One other use of the word metamorpheo is found to give us food (and drink) for thought this morning in Romans 12:2.
    And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
    Here Paul gives us a sound purpose behind the devotion: that we may prove the will of God, which is to bring HIM glory.
    Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. John 15:8.
    Of course the fruit of the Spirit now becomes our focus and the Word that pertains to this topic is extensive.Here is but one of many:
    But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. Luke 8:15.
    Asking this question of Romans 12:2 shines even more light; what is meant by the renewing of our mind?
    Paul uses the word one other time in Titus 3:5;
    Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.
    Check! the renewing is of the Holy Ghost.
    And then from the derivation of renewing-to renew:
    For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 2 Co 4:16.
    And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. Col 3:10.
    Okay, now I’m really getting drunk!
    One other thing though, Peter gave us this testimony to provide us a more sure word of prophecy:
    For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 2 Peter 1:17.
    This is the most excellent glory. We give the Lord Jesus glory in many ways as Lord, Savior, Redeemer, etc. The highest praise for Him was to hear the Father’s voice saying;
    This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

    With love eternal
    Jim

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