Mark 9:1-8

Talks for Growing Christians

The Transfiguration

Mark 9:1-8

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Lesson Number 36

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Transfiguration was a prophetic glimpse of the coming Kingdom of God on earth.
  2. The Transfiguration left no doubts as to the identity of Jesus.

Practical Application

  1. Let's not lower the Person of Christ as Peter did.
  2. Let's listen to the Lord Jesus for everything.


  1. What was the Lord referring to when He said, "There are some standing here who will not taste death till they have seen the kingdom of God..."?
  2. What kind of a body did Jesus have on the mountain? What kind of bodies did Moses and Elijah have in their appearance on the mountain?
  3. What was the cloud?
  4. Of what kind of kingdom was the Transfiguration a prophetic glimpse? What is the other name for this kingdom? How long will it last? Who will be there?
  5. Review Peter's confession of faith (Mark 8:29). Was this confirmed in the Transfiguration? Review Peter's comments concerning the Transfiguration (2 Peter 1:16-19).
  6. What messianic prophecy was given to Moses? Does this relate to the Transfiguration?


  1. The Transfiguration
  2. Jesus' body was glorified. Moses and Elijah were not in their resurrection bodies; they only took on the bodily form of men.
  3. The Shekina glory, the pillar that led the Israelites in the wilderness by day and by night. It covered Mt. Sinai when the law was given; it filled the tabernacle and later the temple. It was the visible expression of God's presence.
  4. The coming kingdom of God on earth. The millennium. 1,000 years. Who will be there? The Lord, the saints (born again believers, the church), Old Testament believers, and saints who will come out of the tribulation.
  5. Yes. Jesus is the Christ.
  6. See Deuteronomy 18:15. Yes


  1. Peter lowered the person of Christ when he put Jesus on the same level as Moses and Elijah. Do you ever lower the person of Christ?
  2. When the Bible and popular opinion clash, what should be your course of action?


  1. "Hear Him!" How does this impact your life? Does the word of God govern your life and lifestyle?

Key Verses

  • "A voice came out of the cloud, saying, 'This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!" (Mark 9:7)

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