Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a high mountain, and there Jesus was transfigured, (Matt 17:1-2). This word transfigured means metamorphosis. Jesus was changed like a caterpillar that goes through a metamorphosis to become a butterfly. The importance here is that Jesus was changed from the inside out.
This word metamorphosis teaches us that Christianity differs from all other religions. The world’s religions, except Christianity, teach that change comes from the outside in. Islam, Mormonism, Hinduism, Bhai, and Buddhism teach their followers to obey a set of rules, and in following them the believer will win God’s favor, and gain entrance into heaven; they are work based religions. The fallacy of these religions is they do not change a person on the inside; they don’t resolve man’s sinful heart.
Christianity teaches salvation is by God’s grace, based on the work of His Son on the Cross. When a believer repents, and confesses Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God, then the Holy Spirit comes into a person and changes them from the inside out; the sinner is born again. This is what God meant when he spoke through the prophet Ezekiel, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you; your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws,” (36:25-27).
He Changes Me,