Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Kates: enough knowledge

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
    Commemoration of Clement, Bishop of Rome, Martyr, c.100
    After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
    Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
    Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”
    Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
    —Mark 9:2-8 (NIV)
    The Christian clearly understands that Jesus does not reveal all that is signified by the word “God,” but only as much as could be revealed through a perfect human personality living in absolute obedience to God’s will. The knowledge of God that men have by virtue of Jesus’ revelation is quite enough for men to live by in this life, and to live gloriously and thankfully by, Christians maintain—the knowledge that God the Creator, the Almighty and Eternal, the Lord of history, is man’s Heavenly Father, and that love might well be, and indeed is, the ultimate meaning of human existence.
    ... Frederick Ward Kates (1910-1987), A Moment Between Two Eternities, New York: Harper & Row, 1965, p. 3 (see the book)
    See also Mark 9:2-8; Matt. 17:1-9; Luke 9:28-35; John 1:1-2,14; 10:30; 14:21; Phil. 2:5-7; Heb. 4:15; Rev. 19:11-13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have shown us Yourself in Jesus.
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