“Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God’” (Matthew 16:16).

There should be no difficulty whatever in distinguishing between the man who has been a long-time intimate with Christ and any man who is simply looking upon Christ’s history from an outside standpoint. The fire at the center of the earth is hotter than any other fire. So, in the church of Christ, there should be an all-solving, all-infusing ardor of conviction. That conviction was sublime represented in the answer given by Simon Peter. Instantly, with the suddenness of lightening and yet with the graciousness of light, he said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” He was never so great a man before, nor has he ever been a greater man since he returned the infinite reply. Simon Peter was transfigured by his own answer; he was no longer a poorly clad fisherman. The fire burned through his clothes; he was the tabernacle of the indwelling God.

We know what it is to have a thought in us that transfigures the face and makes the countenance shine with unearthly luster. Just like Peter, some moments in life can never be repeated. There are some firsts that have no seconds; there are voices that seem to have no echoes. Once for all their ineffable music rolls itself over the welcoming spaces and it can never be repeated. The day when our voice declares a revelation from heaven is a blessing beyond description.

Adapted from In His Presence (Parker)