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And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

17:8 Jesus only. It is significant that this amazing vision was withdrawn as soon as Peter wanted to place Moses and Elijah on the same level as Jesus (Matthew 17:4). When Peter later described the event in his epistle (II Peter 1:16-18), he did not even mention Moses and Elijah. This example is important to remember when people supposedly see visions of Mary or other saints associated with Jesus in the past. As He did on the Mount, when people want to idolize such visions, God would say again: “This is my beloved Son…hear ye Him” (Matthew 17:5).

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