2Pe 1:16-17 “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.”
Brothers and sisters, we have not been duped by some myth in our belief in Jesus Christ. Peter tells these of like precious faith that he and others told them truly of the miracle (power) of Jesus’ coming into the world by virgin birth and of His resurrection from the dead. His confirmation to them was that he was an eyewitness (had seen first-hand) the majesty (splendor, mighty power) of Jesus. Are you an eyewitness of the majesty of Jesus?
If you understand that you are a sinner, then you are an eyewitness to His majesty. Only in seeing His splendor, can we acknowledge our depravity. As long as we think we are doing okay on our own, we have not seen His majesty. We know His miraculous birth by the power of the Holy Spirit is true. This is how Jesus was born of a virgin, and this is how we are born again. You cannot convince any man that this is true by telling him about the event. Both notions are completely foreign to all the physical evidence that we have. It is only in experiencing this for ourselves that we become eyewitnesses to the virgin (Holy Spirit wrought) birth of Christ. We become eyewitnesses to the power of the death of Jesus when we find ourselves dead (separated) to the lust of this world. We are eyewitnesses to the resurrection of Jesus when we find we are quickened in these mortal bodies (Rom 8:11).
I know that there is coming a day when this mortal will put on immortality. I believe that Paul was saying something else here. We are assured of the resurrection of Jesus because we are given the life of Christ while we are still in these mortal bodies. It is the life of Jesus in these mortal bodies (2Co 4:10-11) that moves us from our hearts being continually evil (Gen 6:5) to having the mind of Christ (1Co 2:16). The same power that raised up Jesus from the dead is the power that works this change in our lives! It is this power that makes us eyewitnesses of His resurrection.
An eyewitness is only as good as his or her reliability. We have all seen courtroom dramas where the account of an eyewitness is challenged because of the character of the eyewitness. That does not mean this individual did not see what they claim to have seen, but their lack of credibility causes their testimony to be dismissed. Are we credible witnesses to the majesty of Jesus? When we are credible witnesses, then our walk is in harmony with our talk. When we are credible witnesses, our reliance is on the leadership of the Holy Spirit and not in our own understanding. If we are being willfully disobedient to the leading of God in our lives, then we need not expect to convince others of our confidence in Him and the glory and honor He has received from God the Father.
Peter said this occurred when the voice of God the Father came to Jesus from the excellent glory. These words were heard coming from the glory that excels. In other words, Peter says that they heard these words straight out of eternity. These words came from the place of Jesus’ glory “before the world was (Joh 17:5).” We become eyewitnesses of these things when God the Holy Spirit speaks into our hearts these same words: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him (Mat 17:5).”
If you have been called to the holy mount of God and heard the testimony of the Father concerning His Son through the power of the Holy Spirit, then you are eyewitnesses of the majesty of Jesus Christ. You have been set apart by the same power that raised up Jesus from the dead to bear witness of Him. You have a calling and an election that gives you the power to be a witness. Make no mistake; God is perfectly capable of forcing you into obedience. However, the scripture does not indicate that He does so very often. What we do find repeatedly is that there are consequences to our willful disobedience. Peter’s instruction to be steadfast in our calling and election is important to our ability to be credible witnesses. As such, our testimony gives God the glory and recognizes Him as the power that moves us through the Holy Spirit.
May we be eyewitnesses to the majesty of Jesus Christ, and may that be reflected in our walk every day!