Verse of the Day Devotion: Luke 9:35
“Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, this is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” – Luke 9:35
This passage is found at the end of what is called the transfiguration. Jesus took Peter, James and John with Him up onto a mountain to pray. While Jesus was praying, it says that something changed with Him. He was transfigured. “And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming.” Luke 9-29. Matthew gives us a more detailed description of the change in Jesus. “And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.” Matthew 17:2. And with Him stood two other men, also appearing in glory, Elijah and Moses.
After a time, the voice of God the Father came from out of the clouds saying, ‘Listen to my Son, the chosen one.’ This is key. As the disciples were told to listen to Jesus, we are to as well. Too often we only listen to pastors and teachers when it comes to theological issues, and just accept what they say. This is where heretical teachings and practices arise. The question we should ask is, ‘Does what they are saying line up with the Word of God?’ If it does, then accept it and follow it. If it does not, then reject it.
Paul spoke of the Bereans in Acts 17, and this should be our mindset. “Now these (Jews from Berea) were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” Acts 17:11. They did not take what Paul said without checking it out first. We also should not accept what someone tells us, even if they are greatly credentialed, without checking it out ourselves. There are some things that are obvious, however, if you have not heard it before or are questioning the accuracy of the interpretation, look it up. And while checking it out, pray that God will reveal the truth to you. Let Christ be the one who validates what men say.
Now this does require discipline. We must be willing and desirous of knowing the reality of what is being said. Let Him show you the truth. He will never lead you astray and will always guide you, through His Spirit, into all truth. And is not the truth what we are striving for?
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.