The Berean Expositor
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received honour and glory from God the Father when the voice came to Him from the
Majestic Glory, saying, `This is My Son, Whom I love; with Him I am well pleased'.
We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with Him on the
sacred mountain" (II Pet. 1: 16-18, N.I.V.).
Peter declares here that he saw the power and coming (parousia) of Christ. He was an
eye-witness of the majesty and coming of the One Who was not only Israel's Messiah,
but Israel's King. This parousia (`coming', or better `presence') is going to be described
by Christ in Matt. 24:, and there can be no doubt that this is His Second Advent.
These verses then must not lightly be set aside, for they concern the Transfiguration
which is being detailed in the chapter of Matthew's Gospel we are studying. In any case
there is no need to make a problem of the Lord's statement in 16: 28. If we compare
the accounts of the three Evangelists we shall find they vary slightly, and in this way add
more detail.