[SW056] 08/19/12 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2012
The glory of Jesus was revealed on the Mount of Transfiguration.
He was transformed, metamorphoo in the Greek, from which we get our English word “metamorphosis.”
It was that great a change!
His garments radiant, whiter than any human could make them.
John, James and Peter were there to see His glory revealed!
Peter says he and James and John are eyewitnesses of His majesty.
On the Mount, Jesus received honor and glory from God the Father. (2 Peter 2:16-17).
Mark 9:7 Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “ This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!”
Listen! Akouo in the Greek!
Give constant heed, my NAS Bible note says!
More that hearing with the ears, but hearing with the heart,
perceiving deeper than the mind,
OBEYING what has been heard.
Do this constantly, continuously,
always unchangingly faithful
to listen with your heart
and obey what the Son says.
This is the Father, speaking of His beloved Son
as He gives Him glory and honor
and reveals His majesty to His followers.
It is just as it was in the Old Testament (OT), in Deuteronomy:
Deuteronomy 27:26 ‘ Cursed is he who does not confirm [6965 perform, rise to it, abide in, live] the words of this law by doing them.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’
And in Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 11:3 and say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, “ Cursed is the man who does not heed [shama 8085, attentively hear, perceive, and obey] the words of this covenant . . . 4b saying, ‘ Listen to My voice, and do according to all which I command you; so you shall be My people, and I will be your God . . .”
And so, in Mark 9:7, the Father again says,
“Listen, give constant heed, understand,
don’t just hear with your ears but with your heart,
perceive deeper than with your natural mind,
and obey what My Son says.”
If we do not give constant heed, we are like the man James describes:
James 1:22 (NIV) Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
We deceive ourselves if we merely listen and do not do what the Word of God says.
Who does the Father say this to? The disciples, and all of us.
What should we heed?
All of His words,
but most importantly, the greatest commandments:
To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind,
and to love your neighbor as yourself.
All the Law and prophets hang on these two commandments
(see Matthew 22:37-40).
And even Jesus Christ’s new commandment, to love each other even as He has loves us,
that we also love each other (see John 13:34).
He’s saying, “Love each other with My actual love!”
Loving with His actual love fulfills all of God’s requirements!
How do we give constant heed to all His words,
and most importantly, how do we do His command to love with His actual love?
First, by reading and meditating on the Word of God and letting Jesus speak to our hearts there.
He will show us the truth that He can take away our bent toward sinning,
our rebellion against His commandments, our disobedience
and make us free, indeed! (see John 8:31-36)
Second, by abiding in His love by keeping His commandments:
John 15:9 “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 “ If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 “ These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”
Jesus is giving us a hint here. Made full. Filled to overflowing with His actual joy, not human joy!
John 15 has parentheses around it: John 14, in which Jesus introduces the Holy Spirit, and John 16, when He continues to speak of the Spirit. The Spirit gives us fullness of joy — Jesus’ joy!
How do we abide in His love?
We ask the Father to fill us with the Holy Spirit.
That’s how Christ’s nature comes in to replace our sin nature,
and then we abide in Christ’s actual love,
that love comes into our hearts,
and it is no chore to obey Him, but a joy!
His love and His nature are in us!
The church is the vineyard of the Lord, as is Israel (see Isaiah 5).
It was planted on a fertile hill,
and the Lord cultivated the soil
and planted the choicest vine.
He made all the necessary preparations,
expected it to produce good grapes,
but it produced only worthless ones.
There are worthless grapes in the house of the Lord, even now.
Isaiah 5:3 “And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, [and people of the church]
Judge between Me and My vineyard.
4 “ What more was there to do for My vineyard that I have not done in it?
Why, when I expected it to produce good grapes did it produce worthless ones?”
The Lord promises to remove Judah’s [and the church’s] protective hedge, to allow it to be trampled. Why? Because much of the church, just like Israel, has forsaken the Lord.
Matthew 21:33 “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT AND DUG A WINE PRESS IN IT, AND BUILT A TOWER, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey. 34 “When the harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his produce. 35 “The vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, and killed another, and stoned a third. 36 “Again he sent another group of slaves larger than the first; and they did the same thing to them. 37 “But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 “But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ 39 “They took him, and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40 “Therefore when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-growers?” 41 They said to Him, “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end, and will rent out the vineyard to other vine-growers who will pay him the proceeds at the proper seasons.”
It is even this way in the church. What has happened in her vineyard?
Some churches have closed Jesus Christ out entirely,
refuting His deity, questioning whether He spoke certain scriptures,
questioning the Spirit’s role in inspiring men to write the Bible.
They do not respect the Son of God
any more than the religious leaders Jesus spoke about.
“They have stiffened their necks
so as not to heed My words.” (Jeremiah 19:15)
They disobey and think nothing of it.
They say, “Peace, peace,” to those in the church who disobey God.
They say, “Don’t worry . . . God understands!”
But God hates sin.
They have effectively put Him to death in their own hearts
because they do not want to hear His words
or those of His prophets whom He has sent to them.
They have not given heed at all, let alone constant heed.
I am among the remnant, sent as a watchman
to sound the trumpet and call His church back to Him.
How is it with you?
Have you closed out the words of Jesus Christ?
Have you decided that He is not really the Son of God,
but a mere “good man” or perhaps a prophet?
Do you refute His deity,
question whether He spoke certain scriptures,
question the Spirit’s role in inspiring men to write the Bible?
Have you effectively put Him to death in your own heart
because you do not want to hear His words
or those of His prophets whom He has sent to you?
“They have stiffened their necks
so as not to heed My words.” (Jeremiah 19:15)
Do you disobey God and think nothing of it?
God’s grace is here for you now. Now is the time for you to repent, to turn toward God. He’ll immediately receive you back when you turn to Him, just like He received me back when I turned.
Here’s what He says you must do:
Isaiah 27:5 “Or let him rely on My protection,
Let him make peace with Me,
Let him make peace with Me.”
Here’s how you will make peace with Him:
Isaiah 27:9 Therefore through this Jacob’s iniquity will be forgiven;
And this will be the full price of the pardoning of his sin:
When he makes all the altar stones like pulverized chalk stones;
When Asherim and incense altars will not stand.
Destroy your own wisdom!
Destroy your pride!
These are your idols!
Dear one, do you realize that by your actions you are saying that you think you know better than God? You yourself are your idol.
Knock them over and pulverize them!
Ask forgiveness for your sin of idolatry!
Then, accept the wisdom of the Son of God. Give constant heed to His words!
Be filled with His Spirit, as He commands,
and you will no longer willfully disobey Him,
and you will be filled with His actual love,
abiding in that love,
and filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory!