ENDORSEMENT FROM GOD
“For He 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.”” 2 PETER 1:17
The biographers of Israel’s kings usually broke their reign into two – the beginning and the end. This is what informed such verses as 2 Chronicles 9:29; 12:15; and 16:15 where the first and last acts of Solomon, Rehoboam, and Asa were mentioned respectively. The reason for that was that the first acts of some kings were good, but they turned from the Lord at a later date. This brings us to a consideration of our text. This was not the first time that the Father would endorse Jesus. The first endorsement came right at the beginning of His public ministry. As soon as Jesus came out of the baptismal water at Jordan, the heavens opened and He was declared as the begotten Son of God. Here again on the mount of transfiguration, the same assuring word of the Father was heard. More or less we have the acts of Jesus, first and last, securing divine approval.
There are two things to take away from our meditation today. Firstly, awards and ratings of men are to be taken with a pinch of salt. True endorsement only comes from God. In the final analysis it is not who is commended by man that is justified but the one commended by God. Jesus knew this very well; so He did not seek for the approval of the world. Secondly, being approved of God once is not enough; we must keep in the way of the Spirit to be approved to the end.
FURTHER STUDY: JOHN 5:31-44
PRAYER: Father, teach me to seek only the honour that comes from You.