Explaining Mark 9:1
How do you reconcile some not dying before seeing the Kingdom of God?
- Possibly fulfilled in Acts 2 when the Church was established.
- Possibly fulfilled when the Apostles saw Jesus rise up into Heaven. As always, context is important. Most translations break v. 1 from vs 2-9. This brings us to...
- ...possibly fulfilled by the Transfiguration. Peter, John and James would have been standing when Jesus made His statement in v 1.
I. They experienced the Glory of God.
Peter, John and James were especially close to Jesus and He permitted them to see things that the other Apostles didn't. Sometimes God leads us down paths that we're not certain why we specifically we're chosen.
Matthew's account says Jesus became as white as light. Think of the brightness of the sun or a welding torch. Cf Revelation's description of Christ in the description of the new heaven and new earth.
What about the appearance of Elijah and Moses?
II. When you truly experience the glory of God you will never want to leave.
You are a new creation and you won't want to leave.
When this occurs, beware the lies of the enemy who will say that Jesus couldn't possibly forgive OUR sins. See Romans 8:1.
The disciples were not to tell anyone what happened until after Jesus rose from the dead. It was not yet His time but later they would be able to tell all about this.
Elijah will come again before Christ's 2nd coming. Possibly one of the two witnesses.
III. Experiencing the Glory of God enables you to walk on in life.
Application: Look for evidences for God's glory in your life. Cling to them. Write them down. Remember them.