Paul the apostle spoke these peculiar words “when I was a child I thought like a child and spoke like a child. When I became a man I put away childhood things”.
This is the putting off the carnal Body, the Real Exodus and the ultimate purpose for the gospel in our lives, which is? Our Transfiguration.
Through Christ we have a new life according to godliness, meaning God likeness. It is for us to receive our own carbon copy image of God Himself, as seen through the gospel and His Holy Spirit. And the remarkable thing is that we can attain this before our departure from this carnal experience we now call life.
Paul in Ephesians 4 describes our purpose here saying “13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure and stature of the fullness of Christ”.
He goes on to tell us to put off our old ways associated with the Adam nature and ways of thinking and to “be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” As our notible quest of something attainable in the here and now.
We can also understand it like this, that “All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God”. To have this condemnation we have to have been given the ability to aquire that Glory to be judged for not having it. So this is of utmost importance.
Our new glorious body is the completion of Gods work in us before we leave this carnal experience.
You see it is God who instructed us by contrasts, night and day, wet and dry, up and down, for us to understand that, flesh and spirit are diametrically opposite in composition and design. So that we can see what we are and are not.
Our carnal body is known by physically visible external features, while in the Spirit we are known by what’s on our inside. That there is no longer carnally visible features that we rely on here. Hence “old things have passed away, all things become new, and all things are of Christ”. (2 Corinthians 5.18)
We who are truly in the son of God, see the things that are here that are His, that He has given to us to put on and own to become like Him. What He has of Himself, He wants us to have for ourselves. For us to be transfigured into His Self same image. And we do this “from the Glory, to that Glory as by the Spirit” from the things that we see in Gods Holy Writ. (2 Corinthians 3.18)
This all happens during our carnal life. It is now that we aquire Gods features with instrumentations like He has, to be like Him. This is our Transfiguration, our metemophus. Wow!
These things cannot be conveyed through modern people, tools or agencies. Even as Paul said that “the gospel I preach to you, it did not come by man, nor was it taught by man (or his institutions) but by revelation of (one on one time with) Jesus Christ”. That “in Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead body, and you are complete in Him who is head over all principalities and powers” as Paul put it.
So we should not think that we were withheld something till after we die to become something we cannot aquire now. For this we have Gods Holy Spirit and the Gospel.
Does this sound impossible? That this can’t be? Think about the angel who spoke the Revelation to John who in chapter 21 John bowed to worship him. That angel said to John “see that you don’t do that, for I am one of thy brethren and of those who keeps the testimony of Jesus Christ, worship Him.
You see John saw a Glorified saint, giving us proof that the glorification is not with held from us, or to be allocated at some future event.
It was John the apostle who new Yashua/Jesus the best of all the disciples, who actually had mistaken this angel who delivered the testimony of Jesus Christ, to be Jesus Christ Himself, showing us that it is possible to be mistaken as Him. Why? Because this one looked just like the one Peter James and John saw on the mount of the transfiguration, as One who had been transfigured in front of the disciples to another image, just like our new image gifted to us through the gospel as something attainable before our Exodus and our departure from planet earth.
Meaning, when we are done here on earth, it is only the disappearance of our carnal features as being disposable, but what we’ve aquired from the other side of carnal perseptions while we were here in it. These we retain as our rewards for our acceptance of the gift of God according to godliness, meaning God-like-ness, and our perseverance to “put on Christ” as scripture mandates.
This is why 2 Peter 1 states
12 For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you of these things always (as primary importance), though you know and are established in the present truth. 13 Yes, I think it is right that as long as I am in this tent (human body), to stir you up by reminding you, 14 knowing this, that shortly (immediately and instantaneously) I will [g]put off my tent (human body), just as our Lord Yashua Christ showed me (on the mountain where He was transfigured, where He showed us how to do it).
And this is the main point Peter was trying to make in his last communication.
He said “We were with Him on the mount” where the Son of God showed them His real self, and how to put it on.
Peter here was leaving them, to never again interact with them in human form. Just like Jesus Christ showed them this capstone of faith called “The Transfiguration” right before He was crusified. So too, this is why Peter wrote his second epistle.
And for this same reason we wipe off the dust of the ages and re-present “The Transfiguration” for your aquisition as of utmost importance as well.
If our Transfiguration and our Glorification having to happen before our departure were not so, then Peter would NOT have wrote it as a death bed confession, as a thing to press on to attain to before your departure too.
In his last words he says:15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things ( being of utmost importance) after my departure“.
As much as people wished they could have been at Christs transfiguration, this event was Not what Peter wanted us to focus on.
For this reason he said 19 [i]And so we have the prophetic word which is more sure than what we heard (when we were with Him at His transformation), which you do well to pay attention to it (the prophetic word) as to it as to a light that shines in a dark place (your understanding), until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” as being the place this all happens. Wow!
It is the purpose of all scripture and what we do now through the agencies of Gods Word and Gods Holy Spirit transfused into us through the gospel. We are transformed and transfigured in this way only, and not at some illusive second coming or an afterlife whereby many are disqualified because they are waiting for a man from heaven like your man as your Messiah, and this opportunity passes you by.
That is a preposterous insult to the saving of the Christ at His cross, to deliver us from all the ills of this age, in exchange for a life “according to godliness”. A life just like He has right now seated in the Heavens, with your carbon copy of Him given to you, for you to put on now. Then maybe you too could be mistaken for Him as well. Just like the Angel at the end of the book of the Revelation that John thought was the Son of God. Are we His offspring or not? How remarkable!
You see the transition, crossover and Exodus now is ours not His. He paid the price and paved the way through that death. The rest is up to you. To take Him at His word and press in to lay hold of why He laid hold of you. If He could be fully human and God at the same time, then so can you. This is the gift given through the gospel.
Don’t put this down and walk away for there is certain retribution to come this far and count His word as a common thing, then walk away unchanged.
This is our primary purpose of this age that all other fascinations obscure. He is in His Eternal repose “seated waiting for His enemies to become His footstool” because He won the battle for us and showed us the way to the Father He is finished. This is what Paul means when he said, I plead with you by the mercies of God, be ye reconciled to the Father”.
He appears one last time to disolve this Creation as we know it, as having accomplished this task of knowing Him. (Peter 3.10)
The only enemies He didn’t defeat at the cross are your personal doubts, fears and hesitations.
It is the doubts and fears resident in those who are fallen or just asleep, that empower Satan and his wicked schemes.
Satans power now is the measurement of the unclaimed gift of godliness gifted to humanity and left unclaimed and unused because people don’t know what they have and how to use it.
Faith in reverse, turns into a negative, unclaimed power, that Satan is empowered by incerting himself between you and God as the default recipient of the things God gave you to put on, and you did not do it. This is what happened to Adam and Eve.
It is those who fail to trade their fears for faith and trust.
Peter said that Satan was like a lion seeking whom he may devour, experienced by those who are in the world, as those who do not make the crossover. That they themselves empowered Satan to torment them because they are in the world clinging to the tangible they associate with carnally while the invisible slips through their hands. It is “at hand” remember?
We are (visibily) in the world but not of the world and have overcome the wicked one. (1 John 2) And who is it that has overcome the world and the wicked one, but those who believe Christ has come in the flesh” and need not return to do anything else.
And also from 1 John “and what is it that overcomes the world but our faith. Being our invisible imbellical cord to the invisible God.
Peter goes o16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and (fully Glorified) coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His Majesty”.
o7 For He (Yeshua) received from God the Father, honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.”