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On A High Mountain Apart With Jesus
by Wole Oladapo
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On A High Mountain Apart With Jesus
[Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-9]
“After six days, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain apart” (Mathew 17:1, Mark 9:2)

In those days Jesus had been with the crowd ministering to their needs. But after six days as His custom was, He departed for a high mountain apart. This time He went up not alone as usual, but in the company of three of His unschooled disciples, having left behind amidst the crowd men of substance (the Pharisees, Sadducees, scribes, priests, disputers of this world, lawyers, etc.)

On the high mountain apart with Him, in the presence of the three He was transfigured. He was not transfigured before the crowd because the mountain of revelation is climbed by the strength of faith and obedience, which is never found in the crowd.

The only place where we can behold the fullness of His glory is the place of surrender. It is the place where we surrender ourselves to be led by Him to a high mountain apart. There He purges us of the common men view and general conception of the crowd as regards His person and glory. We come to know Him as He is and divorce what men (theologians, Bible scholars, etc.) say He is. There we can say with all boldness that we know Him or rather that we are known by Him, because we have seen Him in His glory which no word in the whole creation can tell, for it is comparable to nothing in this world.

On a high mountain apart with Jesus, there we are given to see the vision of the great city the mount Zion, the city of the living God, with the saints of God in it, waiting for the day when they shall be glorified with us. There we come to know that death has lost the battle, when we see the Old Testament saints, who were sent to minister to us, who are heirs of the promise made to the fathers, waiting to be perfected with us in the Lord. Amidst all false doctrines, we come to know that our God is the God of the living and not of the dead[Hebrews 12].

On a high mountain apart with Jesus, there in the presence of His majestic, glorious image, self, {the flesh}, the greatest enemy that wars against our spirit is slain in a moment. (Gal 5:17). All that we know becomes Him and Him alone as we open our mouth, asking that His will and not ours be done (Matt 17:4).We are confident that if a booth is made for Moses and a booth for Elijah, we have our part in our Lord's own dwelling place.

On a high mountain apart with Jesus, we become conscious that we are not of the world and that we do not have a continued city therein. By revelation we receive that the only good place for us to terbnacle is where He is, in His glory; where the kingdom is, with the power, which is not of this world, but that which comes from above.

On a high mountain apart with Jesus, there we receive a peculiar baptism into the cloud of His glory, confirmed by a voice from heaven, which testified to His Sonship and emboldens our assurance that we are in Him who is true, in the Son of God: the true God and eternal life (1John 5:20)

On a high mountain apart with Jesus, there we are taught the mystery of His fear, not by terror, or torment,neither are we taught by the precepts of man, but by beholding the brightness of His glory before which the whole earth fled.

On a high mountain apart with Jesus, there we are taken to the full knowledge of communion with Him through the Spirit. There we come to know that our worship is directly to Him, from our spirit to His Spirit and that the veil is truly torn and all intermediaries done away, as we see Moses and Elijah vanished before Him, having fulfilled their own mission, and remain Him and Him alone forever.

On a high mountain apart with Jesus, Moses appeared to bring to our remembrance what he foretold us by the Holy Spirit of God; to show us whom we must listen to in all things (Acts 3:22). Elijah also appeared to witness that all the prophecies of the prophets of old are fulfilled in Him who is the Lord of all.

On a high mountain apart with Jesus, there He counts us worthy and confides in us of the mystery of His person, which is not meant for those who are outside, but reserved for those who are chosen to inherit the eternal life, whom He shall call to himself later.

On a high mountain apart with Jesus, there we are set on a height far above the world. From there, through the eye of the spirit, we behold the whole of the kingdom of the world with all its glory in comparison with the glorious kingdom we are receiving. There we become fully convinced that that which we see in the physical with all its glory is in no way comparable to that which is to be revealed in the day of the Lord. There we receive the confidence we need to remain firm on our feet, when Satan takes us to a high hill in our mind, parading before us all the glory of the kingdom of this world.We simply open our mouth and tell him;' We have seen all these junks before. We have the promise of a better kingdom, which our Father shall give us!'

And on a high mountain apart with Jesus, though there we do not attain perfection in knowledge, for we see through the glass dimly, we ascend to the height of perfection in our confidence towards Him, which works in us a work of total obedience to His commandment, which proves our love for Him.

Know that the crowd can only abide with Him for six days of signs and wonders, of testing and multiplying of bread. They will never go with Him into the seventh day, which is the rest of the Lord. The same promise is left with us. The only entrance into the seventh day is the place of separation to Him. The place of abiding in Him, where nothing comes between Him and us.

A lot of people are climbing hills and mountains today in search of the Lord and His wonderful deeds. You cannot meet with the Lord there, except He is the one who leads you there. Let us go up with Him to the mountaintop of His Word. There we are transformed into the same image with Him. For there we see Him, as He is, on a high mountain apart with Jesus.

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