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11-29-2017                 No Bible Myths

“For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty” (2 Peter 1:16 NKJV).  Peter, James, and John had seen what took place on that Mount of Transfiguration that is recorded in Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-9; and Luke 9:28-36.  It is important that we know: (1) the written accounts of this are accurately recorded; (2) Peter, as an eyewitness, verified that event in Christ’s life on earth; (3) God had spoken from Heaven to point out Jesus as “My beloved Son. Hear Him.”  The Bible is not full of “fables” (the Greek word is “myths”), and should not be treated as such.  What is written in the Bible should not be “jumbled up” as if it doesn’t matter, and outside stories must never be added into the Bible text.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#myths, #transfiguration

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12-14-2015 No Bible Myths

“For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty” (2 Peter 1:16 NKJV). Peter, James, and John had seen what took place on that Mount of Transfiguration that is recorded in Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-9; and Luke 9:28-36. It is important that we know: (1) the written accounts of this are accurately recorded; (2) Peter, as an eyewitness, verified that event in Christ’s life on earth; (3) God had spoken from Heaven to point out Jesus as “My beloved Son. Hear Him.” The Bible is not full of “fables” (the Greek word is “myths”), and should not be treated as such. What is written in the Bible should not be “jumbled up” as if it doesn’t matter, and outside stories must never be added into the Bible text.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#bible-text, #eyewitness, #fables, #myths, #transfiguration

A dispute about Moses' body?

In the little book of Jude, verse 9, we read that there was a dispute between Lucifer and Michael. The disagreement was about the body of Moses. That is all the information provided there. What was involved in this controversy? I offer a possible solution. During the ministry of Jesus we have the unusual occasion of what we call His transfiguration (Mt 17, Mk 9, Lk 9). On the mountain top Jesus’ appearance was wondrously transformed into a shining, glorious presence. Even His clothes took on a glistening white. It must have made an incredible impression. But that is not all. Moses and Elijah suddenly appeared, talking with Jesus about His soon-to-come death. We aren’t told how the apostles knew it was Moses and Elijah. Perhaps Jesus called them by name or maybe they wore name tags. Nor does the text mention if they appeared glorious as well, but inasmuch as Peter suggested constructing a tabernacle for each, I think it is more likely than not.

What does this have to do with Jude 9? Perhaps nothing and perhaps a great deal. First of all, it was the body of Jesus that was transfigured. His face and His clothes are specifically mentioned. Apparently the apostles were allowed a glimpse of what our bodies will be when raised in glory at the resurrection. But what about Elijah and Moses? Elijah is unique in that he never died, but was lifted up to heaven both spirit and body. This would have required a peremptory alteration of Elijah’s body. Its terrestrial state was not suitable for the heavenly spiritual world. Thus, it would seem most likely that Elijah appeared speaking to Jesus in his transformed condition. Anything else would have required that his body be reverse transfigured for this event and then returned to its former glory following. In view of the divine economy, I think Elijah was chosen precisely because he retained both spirit and body. But what of Moses? Moses died and his body was buried by the Lord (Deut 34:5). So how could Moses appear transfigured, talking with Jesus and Elijah? Transfiguration has to do with bodies! The spirit is not transfigured; the body must be transfigured. For Moses to appear on the mountain in similar likeness to Jesus and Elijah, he required his body. Might this be the occasion of the dispute between Michael and Lucifer? Lucifer perhaps brought an accusation against the Lord for raising the body of Moses before time. The power of death was Lucifer’s greatest weapon: “the wages of sin is death”. “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive”. Jesus is the first-fruits of resurrection.

#elijah, #moses, #transfiguration

The color white–a day late

As a farmer, I’m begging you, don’t give me anything white. Pioneer seed corn gave out white hats one year. What were they thinking?? How’s a farmer going to keep a cap like that clean?

Even in my pre-farming days I had already developed a disdain for white. From before I was born until after I had left for college, my folks had a white car with a black interior. Four to be exact. And yes, we spent a lot of time washing the car. It was by hand in those days.

Remember when guys started wearing white pants? Was that early seventies? Yeah, I had a pair. In a very short time I determined white was not for me. If those pants stayed clean for 5 minutes I considered myself lucky.

The obvious conclusion, pure white is not for me. It’s the pure part I can’t seem to manage, but God clearly handles it well.

White comes up frequently in the Bible, from manna to white stones to white-robed angels to the dazzling white of Jesus’ transfiguration. Think about this last one.

Mark 9:3 records, “His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.” (NIV) Dazzling. Doesn’t that one word help us understand just how bright the white was? Other translations use words like radiant, glistening, and shining.

Mark chose an interesting way to describe this dazzling white, He said they were “whiter that anyone could bleach them.” I use bleach to clean out equipment. It’s unbelievable how a few little drops of bleach can turn my blue jeans into blue and very white jeans. Some of you might be drawing conclusions regarding my ability to keep my clothes decent. . .and you might be right!

But someday, even I will be wearing white. This is what Jesus said in Revelation 3:5 (NIV), “He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white.” So will mine stay white? I’ll have to trust what Jesus said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” Luke 18:27 (NIV)

#transfiguration, #white-robes

Click on the link below to read the 2009…

Click on the link below to read the 2009 December issue of The Proclaimer.

http://www.saltlakecitychurchofchrist.org/proclaimer2.html

#baptism-for-the-dead, #john-316, #the-proclaimer, #transfiguration