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Whose voice at the Transfiguration?

Submitted: 12/5/2007
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Question: Jesus led his apostles to pray at the top of a mountain, where he became transfigured, with his face shining like the sun, and with brilliant white clothes; Elijah and Moses appeared with Jesus, and talked with him, and then a bright cloud appeared overhead, and a voice from the cloud proclaimed, 'This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.' Whose voice was this? Is this the same voice heard by the Israelites talking to them on Mount Sinai?

Answer: You have answered your own question. Yes, this was the same voice the Israelites heard at Mt. Sinai, the voice Moses heard at the burning bush, the voice Isaiah heard in his vision of the Lord (Isaiah 6), the voice that spoke at the baptism of Jesus, and the voice that spoke in John 12:28-30. When God became man, He did not cease to be God. This means that He could be present in the flesh yet simultaneously speak out of heaven. This does not suggest that God is more than one divine being. It simply means that during the Incarnation, the Spirit retained the capacity to speak independent of the flesh.