2 Peter 1:16-18 – Peter Testifies to the Transfiguration

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POSTED 28 JANUARY, 2018

reproduced from Salvation on the Line, Volume II

“For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, ‘This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased’—and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.”

The author of 2 Peter claims to be an eyewitness of Yeshua the Messiah, which, notwithstanding various secretaries or scribes being employed for the composition of the Epistle of 2 Peter, disregards the possibility of 2 Peter being pseudepigraphal and written long after the death of the Apostle Peter. He asserts to his audience that His encounter of Yeshua of Nazareth in person, was both dynamic and majesterial: “For when we made known to you the power and the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, we did not rely on cunningly contrived myths. On the contrary, we saw his majesty with our own eyes” (2 Peter 1:16, CJB/CJSB). Contextually, readers of the Apostolic Scriptures can deduce how Peter makes light of the scene of the Transfiguration:

“For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, a voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory: ‘This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased!’” (2 Peter 1:17, TLV; cf. Mark 9:7; Matthew 17:5; Luke 9:35).

Yeshua being glorified by God the Father, in and of itself, does not conclusively prove that He is God and integrated into the Divine Identity. However, Peter is one who has identified Yeshua as “our God and Savior” (2 Peter 1:1). Just as the disciple Thomas exclaimed “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28) when he encountered the resurrected Yeshua—clearly having to process who He fully was—so would the disciple Peter who encountered the transfigured Yeshua, been affected by His Transfiguration in such a way so as to later recognize Him as Divine. Peter witnessing supernatural phenomenon, doubtlessly played a role in his thoughts about the nature of Yeshua: “we heard this voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain” (2 Peter 1:18, RSV).