I’ve written about them previously, but need to do so again. They were Peter, James and John. They shared some secrets with the Lord that were hidden from the others. This was because the Lord was preparing them to be the main shepherds of the church. Paul recognized this when he attended the Jerusalem council to deal with the issue of the circumcision of the gentiles. He told the Galatians that they “seemed to be pillars” (Gal 2:9). For example, in sharing in the Lord’s transfiguration, they accessed a secret of the kingdom in relation to spiritual revelations. I call these open visions (Mt 17: 1-6). Jesus taught them about spiritual revelations, the sound of the voice of the Father and direct contact with the citizens of the kingdom of heaven (the cloud of witnesses). This served to help them to later validate the Lord’s deity as well as the reality of these kinds of revelations. Peter and John later had these kinds of experiences that impacted on the body of Christ.

Peter, James and John were also present at the resurrection of Jairus’ daughter. Peter later resurrected Dorcas in much the same way that Jesus had raised the little girl from the dead. Paul, who saw the Lord on many occasions also raised Eutychus from the dead (Acts 20: 9).

In taking these three Apostles into this realm, Jesus teaches us indirectly that this is the realm in which Apostles receive spiritual revelation and comfort. I have not considered His own role in the transfiguration. Elijah and Moses spoke with Him about His death (Lk 9: 31). He therefore received comfort about the upcoming events since He already knew that this was the purpose for which He had come to earth. Jesus told these apostles to keep His transfiguration secret. They had to maybe in order to avoid confusion among the others. No one in their times had claims to such revelations. Furthermore, they had seen Moses and Elijah! The people would have made Him king and the scribes and Pharisees would have tried again to kill Him.

Paul tried to explain the realm in which he received spiritual revelations, but seemed unable to do so adequately (2 Cor 12: 1-7). I always wonder what exactly Paul saw and was unable to speak about. Certainly he may have been stored in his day for his claims.


In receiving the meanings of spiritual secrets, Apostles understand OUTCOMES and are thus best able to lead and instruct the body of Christ.  John on the Isle of Patmos told us exactly how the world should end. Paul who fellowshiped with the Lord, was able to give instructions on many issues related to the faith even though He was not present initially and even had personal experience of the event. Let me explain. Paul gave the body of Christ important guidelines for the conduct of the Lord’s supper and for the recognition of His body. He was not present at the Last Supper. He instructed the church on marriage although He was never married. He received this from the Lord.


Wouldn’t this confirm that the people of His day as well scribes and Pharisees were Apostles since they saw Him too? Not at all! To see Him means to have a living relationship with Him. I mean that Apostles see the Lord live and direct, appearing to them in this life and not just in dreams and in visions. Paul encapsulated his ministry as apostle in the words “Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord?” (1Cr 9:1). The twelve certainly saw Him and learnt from Him, but Paul was not there with Him and has written and received an abundance of revelation that is astounding. The Apostle would know the voice of the Lord and would certainly recognize Him even if His countenance is altered as in the transfiguration. John certainly recognized Him in as “one like unto the Son of man” (Rev 1: 13; 14: 14) and as “a Lamb as it had been slain” (Rev 5: 6). He knew Him each time because he had walked and talked with Him.

Blessings and more to come!