The Transformation of Jesus
[Preached at Community Bible Chapel.  Hico, Texas-11/1999

We start with Matt 16:28 and then the 17th chapter of Matt.

Matt 16:28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

Mark 9:1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

Luke 9:27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.

This coming is NOT the Millennial reign.
Kingdom of God-Christ coming into His kingdom. Christ came in the form of the Holy Spirit.

The coming of Christ in His kingdom was the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit (Comforter) came with power. Before this, the preaching was, repent, the kingdom of God is “at hand”. (near)  On the day of Pentecost the kingdom of God came and Christ came “into” it. 

John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Christ showed the three apostles a “preview” of the coming millennial kingdom of Christ.  Remember—Christ will come “with” His saints to rule for 1000 years. 

Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

1Thes 3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

The saints who had died and were raised at the time of the Rapture. (Typical of Moses.)  The saints who did not die, but were translated at the time of the Rapture. (Typical of Elias-Elijah)  The glory of Christ as He will look while on earth in the millennial.

Peter speaks of it later
2 Pet 1:16-18 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

These former business associates -partners in fishing-were granted special privileges on two other occasions

Business Associates
Luke 5:10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

Peter, James & John singled out.
Luke 8:51 And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.

Matt 26:36-37. Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.

Christ was transfigured before them.
The word “transfigured"  means to change, transfigure, transform.

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Christians are changed-renewed from within from glory to glory.  Our transformation is a “gradual” experience, and will be completed when Christ appears at the Rapture.

Christians are being inwardly changed day by day.  At the Rapture, Christians will be “outwardly changed”—as was Christ on the mount—in the twinkling of an eye.

1 Cor 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

I Jn 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Some confusion here.  The three apostles believe Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) but why then do the scribers (keepers of the law) say that Elijah must come first?  John the Baptist himself said, “I am not Elijah”. (the resurrected Old Testament prophet)  This was enough for the unspiritual Jews who were merely looking for signs to reject Jesus as the Messiah, but to the spiritually discerned, John had already come.  John the Baptist came in the Spirit and power of Elijah.

The angel speaking to Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist.
Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.