Truth from the Mount of transfiguration
by Job Anbalagan
On the Mount of Transfiguration, Peter, James and John, the three disciples of Jesus, who were very close to Him, saw the wonderful scene of transfiguration of Jesus before their eyes. There Moses and Elias also appeared. Peter desired to make three tabernacles, one for Jesus, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. Then a bright cloud overshadowed them and a voice of the cloud said, “This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him”. On seeing the supernatural manifestation, the disciples fell on their face and were sore afraid. When Jesus came and touched them, and said, “Arise, and be not afraid”. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. (Matt.17:1-8). At the end, they saw only Jesus Who remains for ever. Moses represented the law and Elijah the power of God through prophecy.
Though both of them appeared, the Person of Jesus with His face shining and with His raiment appearing white as the light was outstanding. At times, we lay undue emphasis on certain dos and don’ts of the Bible likened to the Ten Commandments quoting from the Word of God but fail to perceive the marvelous and unique Personality of Jesus. The result is that we see people being saved wonderfully through the Blood of Jesus Christ but, in due course of time, these people would become stiff-necked like the children of Israel. We preach about the salvation through the Blood of Jesus Christ but hardly do we present His entire Personality to the unsaved people.
When I was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the book “The Voice of My Beloved” over a period of 15 years, the blessed Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the marvelous Person of Jesus Christ and His Body, the Church, through the Song of Songs. At times, we are very zealous of serving the living God so as to bring down the fire of God on the works of the Devil as Elijah did on the Mount of Carmel. I have seen some of our Television ministers filled with the power of God display His healing power on their evangelical stages. But they fail to focus on the wonderful Personality of Jesus and His glorified Body, the universal Church, through their ministries. They lay emphasis on His miracles but do not present His marvelous Personality and His glorified Body.
No doubt, we need the sound doctrines of the Word and the power of God. But, above all, we need to grow in our fellowship with Christ and His glorified Body. Peter, John and Peter saw the glorified Body of Christ even before His ascension into the Heaven and His subsequent glorification. Why cannot we see through our prophetic eyes the marvelous Body of Christ today? Christ sans His Body is incomplete. Nevertheless, Christ with His Body is complete.
These days, we worship and adore Christ in our churches but do not recognize His multi-member Body all over the world. We do have fellowship with the members of our local churches but do not strive towards the gathering of the scattered members of His Body in His one Body. At times, we despise or look down upon the members of His glorified Body in other churches or in other nations. Neither do we help the poor saints who are of His Body nor do we strengthen the weak sheep that are of His Body. Does our nationalism, our culture, our race, or our church doctrine blind our eyes, thereby preventing us from beholding the glorified Body of Christ all over the world?
We cannot equate the wonderful Person of Christ Jesus with Moses and Elijah. We cannot have three tabernacles. “This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him”. Do you hear Him daily as you personally meditate on the Word of God and pray? Do ye hear Him through His Body, the universal Church? No doubt, you may be hearing Him, partly through your local church or through your fellowship. This is not enough. You should also hear Him through His apostles and prophets, who are the foundation of the Church? Today, the Holy Spirit is giving you a revelation of the glorified Body of Christ on the Mount of transfiguration. Let us behold His Body and hear Him. Instead of confessing, “The salvation of Christ is mine; the healing of Christ is mine…”, let us confess, “My Beloved is mine and I am His” (Song of Songs 2:16).