“For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’ We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.” (2 Pet 1: 16-18)
Our faith is not based on some abstract “system” of moral values, nor on some abstract ideology, devised by the Apostles. It is rather based on the historical, eye-witness experience of God’s revelation of Himself to these Apostles, like the experience of the Transfiguration, witnessed by Peter, James, and John, on the mountain. It is the experience of the “majestic glory,” of the glory of the divine, uncreated energies of the Holy Spirit, - of grace, simply put, in the life of the believer. This experience is passed on and lived on, from generation to generation of believers, walking in His light.
I should not be quick to dismiss this elevated teaching on the “majestic glory” of grace, as if it is closed to me, a sinner. Because in his second Epistle the Apostle Peter makes it “known” to all of us, this “power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”; I know that all of the Scriptures, including this second Epistle of Peter, are written for all of us. And I know that, inexplicably, the “majestic glory” of grace somehow carries me through life, despite my “unworthiness.”
So today I will carry with me the grace-filled words of the Apostle Peter, written for me. And let me hear with him the voice of God, calling to me to dispel my fears and hesitations, and rely on the energies sent to me through His Son. Because God calls me to walk in His light, when He proclaims, “This is My Son, My beloved, with Whom I am well pleased.”