How should we worship God? #13 Transfiguration

Transfiguration

There was an event in the life of Jesus when he had climbed a mountain with three of his disciples and there he was transfigured before them. The gospel accounts say that he was completely transformed:

“he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light” (Matthew 17:2).

For the disciples and for the Lord it was a glimpse of what things will be like in God’s kingdom, when all our present problems will be completely removed and we will begin life at a higher level in every respect.

When Paul asks us to be

“transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:2),

the word “transformed” is the same Greek word as that translated “transfigured” in Matthew’s account of the transfiguration of Jesus. Just as Jesus was transformed, so we are to be changed inwardly so that, in due course and in the mercy of God, we too can be changed outwardly to be just like Jesus. When we resolve to follow Christ we are beginning to live a completely new life: we have started a life that will never end if we remain faithful and become obedient children in God’s heavenly family.

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When we consider ourselves followers of Christ, then we do need to follow Christ his teachings and have to worship the same God as he did. Jesus did not pray to himself, neither did he not ask himself why he had abandoned him. Jesus also did not promise himself to put his own will aside to follow his will. Jesus put his will aside to follow God’s Will. In case Jesus is God than he always would have done his own will when he also did God’s Will.

To come to worship the right God, we should follow the son of God, Jesus, who was sent by God to tell the world to come back to the Divine Creator. Jesus had come to the world to call the people to turn their bad ways and to come to his heavenly Father. More than once Jesus told people that he is the way to God.

Jesus is not the way to himself, but to his heavenly Father, the Only One True God, the God of Abraham, Who is one singular Spirit Being. Believers in Christ should recognise who he really is and should, like Jesus also put their own will aside to do the Will of the heavenly Father.

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Preceding

Who do you say Jesus is

When you believe Jesus is God: who do you think is the mediator? #2 Firstborn from the dead our advocate

Today’s thought “God sent me before you” (January 27)

How should we worship God? #1 Appreciation for God

How should we worship God? #2 Spiritual Worship

How should we worship God? #3 Spiritual Transformation

How should we worship God? #4 Christian Congregations

How should we worship God? #5 Congregational Worship

How should we worship God? #6 Preachers and Teachers

How should we worship God? #7 The Breaking of Bread

How should we worship God? #8 Love one another

How should we worship God? #9 Christian Behaviour

How should we worship God? #10 In Relationships

How should we worship God? #11 New Life in Christ

How should we worship God? #12 Renewing the Mind

Today’s thought “Of first importance” (March 2)

Memorizing wonderfully 73: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Sleepers with hope

Next:

How should we worship God? #14 True worship

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Additional reading

  1. Matthew 17:1-9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Transfiguration Vision
  2. Matthew 17 Calvin’s view on the days of spectatorship
  3. Creation of the earth and man #20 Man in the image and likeness of the Elohim #4 Spiritual body
  4. When looking for God or wanting to relate to the Most High Divine God
  5. After darkness a moment of life renewal

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