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The Refulgent Shekinah of Christ

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Looking on in awe, with our mind's eye, at an earthly glimpse of the heavenly Jesus.

Text: Luke 9:28-36
Date: 02/19/2023, the Combined service.
Series: "Luke: Thy Kingdom Come" Part 95

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We have before us, in our text for this lesson, one of the most important revelations of all Redemptive History. What is often called the Transfiguration of Jesus is a revelation of His divine nature and glory. We will analyze closely the meaning of this stunning revelation, as it relates to Jesus, to the two Old Testament "super-saints" who join Him, to the apostles who were there, and to the church today. Throughout this discussion, as much as is possible, our focus will remain on Jesus and His glory. But to try and describe this is a humanly impossible task, because mortal words cannot hope to describe the indescribable. Therefore we will turn to God's Words to do the describing and we will simply look on in awe as we consider the glorious and beautiful Refulgent Shekinah of Christ!

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I. Introduction, Isa. 60:1-3.
II. Exposition of the text, Luke 9:28-36.
A. Context
1. The clear divinity of Christ.
2. The shocking news of the Passion.
3. The impact on the apostles.
B. The refulgent glory of Christ, vs. 28-29.
1. Setting the scene, vs. 28.
a. The time factor, vs. 28a.
b. The companions, vs. 28b.
c. The location, vs. 28c.
2. The Transfiguration, vs. 29.
a. The power of prayer, vs. 28d-29a, Luke 9:51, John 12:28.
b. The physical appearance of the transformation, vs. 29b
i. His Refulgent Face, Matt. 17:2, Phil. 2:6-8.
ii. His dazzling clothes, Matt. 17:2, Mark 9:3.
c. The significance of the transformation.
i. The distinction with Moses, Ex. 34:29, 2Cor. 3:13.
ii. A refulgent glory, John 17:5, John 1:14, 2Pet. 1:16, Heb. 1:3.
C. God's pleasure in His Son, vs. 34-36.
1. The cloud, vs. 34.
a. Silencing Peter, vs. 34a.
b. The significance of the cloud, vs. 34b, Ex. 13:21, 16:10, 24:16; Acts 1:9.
c. A divine encounter, vs. 34c-35a.
2. The voice of God reveals the Son, vs. 35b.
a. The Son of God, Luke 3:22, Rev. 21:23.
b. The Chosen One of God, Luke 23:35, Isa. 42:1.
c. The Word of God, John 17:8, Matt. 5:48, 24:42; John 3:3,36, 5:48, 14:1,6, 15:5; Luke 9:23.
III. Application: Listening to the WORD.
IV. Conclusion, Luke 9:26.

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