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A Word for this Week - Pastor Bill Mugnolo

Week of February 24-March 1, 2020: “A Secret to Be Kept No Longer”

… 2 Peter 1:16-21

At the end of the Epiphany Season—taken from the word which means “to show forth”—the Church traditionally celebrates how Our Lord showed Himself forth a in a most glorious way to His disciples Peter, James, and John. We call this event, where Jesus’ face shone like the sun and His clothes became as white as the light, His Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-2). As they came down from that mountaintop, Jesus told them to keep secret what they’d seen until He had been raised from the dead (Mark 9:9).

After Our Lord had been raised, Peter and John both wrote of what they had seen and heard as the Transfiguration was a secret to be kept no longer (John 1:14, 2 Peter 1:16-21). But Peter would go on to speak about a revelation that has been given to all believers—one greater than even what he had seen together with James and John on the holy mountain. That revelation is the sure prophetic word in the Holy Scriptures that has been “breathed out” by the Holy Spirit so that we would be made wise unto salvation (2 Peter 16:19-21, 2 Timothy 3:15-17).

Truly, when we open the pages of Scripture its saving truths about Christ are a secret to be kept no longer. But are so many of those truths still like a secret to you? Are you fearful to crack open your Bible because you believe that only pastors and a few others can truly understand it? Could it really be a matter of you being fearful of the light that God’s Word might shed upon the “dark places” of your life (John 3:20)?

Upon the pages of Holy Scripture, Jesus shows Himself forth to us today. May the Holy Spirit guide you, as He once did the Bereans who diligently searched them, into the light of His grace, mercy, and life (Acts 17:11-12).

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