“While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5).
LIGHT FOR NOW: God is well seen and well thought of in the person of Christ.
It is established clearly that it is in the son that we have the totality of the Father’s revelation. Jesus is God manifest. At this point, we want to examine carefully the above text and see how it lays credence to our subject of discussion. Notice the context of the above account (Matthew 17:5) is the scenario at the Mount of transfiguration. Jesus took Peter, James and John to the mountain; so the above three characters were the ones present with Jesus when the occurrence in the above text took place. We are interested however in verse 5 where the statement, “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased” is echoed. Many have read this and hastily concluded that God was saying Jesus has satisfied me or Jesus has pleased me, how correct are they? Let’s find out. The word “well pleased” from the above text was translated from the Greek word “eudokeo”. The word “dokeo” means to appear. This word is as well used for thinking. That is, to think well of. It’s actually stronger that in meaning; thus, in this context, what was implied was “this is my beloved son in whom I am well thought of” or “in whom you see me well”, not that he has satisfied or has pleased me. In other words, the Father was saying that He is well thought of in the son; that is, God is well thought of or well seen in the incarnation. Let me not stretch it further yet, but because of where we are heading, we will stretch this further in subsequent studies. Matthew 17:5 is actually a verse laying credence to the fact that it is in Jesus we see God. God is well seen in Christ. God is actually unveiling Himself in Christ.
To continue in the flow of thoughts for overwhelming evidence, the writer of Hebrews has this to say, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:” (Hebrews 1:1-3). Follow the studies as we will unbundle Hebrews 1:1-3 in subsequent studies. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION:See God in Christ.
PRAYER: My mind is opened up to the revelation of your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Jesus is the perfect view and the only view of God.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 7; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 1