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Luke 9:18-36

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Peter’s Confession of Faith; The Mount of Transfiguration

Luke 9:18-36

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Lesson Number 25

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Confession of Peter marked a turning point in our Lord’s past earthly ministry.
  2. The Mount of Transfiguration mirrored the blessed conditions of our Lord’s future earthly kingdom.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s not make the same mistake that Peter made.
  2. Let’s not save our life only to lose it.

Questions

  1. Who did the multitudes think Jesus was?
  2. What was the correct answer to the Lord’s question?
  3. Why did the Lord warn the disciples not to tell anyone about Him being the Christ?
  4. What shocking news did Jesus reveal to the disciples next?
  5. How was the Lord’s promise in verse 27 fulfilled on the Mount of Transfiguration?

Answers

  1. Some said John the Baptist raised from the dead. Some said that Elijah had come, based on the Malachi 4 prophecy. And others said one of the other Old Testament prophets had risen from the dead. Notice that the promised Messiah was not one of the answers that people were giving.
  2. Peter had the right answer, “The Christ of God” – He was the promised Messiah of the Old Testament prophecies who is God Himself.
  3. Because nothing was to interrupt our Lord’s path to the cross.
  4. “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.” Luke 9:22
  5. The Mount of Transfiguration was a microcosm of the coming millennial kingdom that our Lord will set up when He returns to this earth. The Lord will be there in His glorified body. Moses, representing all saints who have died will be part of Christ’s earthly kingdom. Elijah, representing all the living saints at the time of the rapture will be there. And Peter, James, and John, representing living saints that survive the Tribulation Period and enter the earthly kingdom of our Lord, will be there.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Discuss the turning point that occurred in our Lord’s earthly ministry. He turned from proclaiming that the kingdom of God was at hand, to speaking of His coming death and resurrection. Why this change of emphasis?
  2. The kingdom was rejected by Israel, but it will be realized someday. When will this take place?

Challenge

  1. Let’s not save our life only to lose it. Are you selfishly living your life only for yourself and your possessions? Or are you experience the joy of living and making your life count forever?

Key Verses

  • “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.” Luke 9:22
  • “‘Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah’ – not knowing what he said.” Luke 9:33

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