A Great Mystery – Part 1

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Luke 10 v 22. “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

This great statement of Jesus has its parallel in Matthew 11 vs 25-30 where there is some variation in the words, but where the content is largely the same. This is important as we shall see.

See first, in the text how great the authority of Christ really is. God has committed all things into His hands. Although the power and glory of Christ is too vast for us to grasp, the things that have been committed to Christ by His Father are the things that pertain to our salvation. Whatever we need to be done for us as sinners, so that we may be saved, is entrusted to Christ. He will do it. He has whatever is necessary, to be our Mediator. Furthermore He has all wisdom and understanding for us to draw upon day by day.

But here also Jesus bears witness to the great mystery of the Holy Trinity. He says no one knows the Son except the Father and no one knows who the Father is except the Son. What a great mystery God is. We cannot fathom what God is like nor can we even begin to understand even the hem of his garment. Likewise, even while Jesus was here amongst man, no one understood who He was. They had no eyes to see. These words refer of course to that completeness of knowledge that comprehends the greatness and glory of God. How do we understand the idea of the Trinity – One God but three persons? It is incomprehensible to our minds.

But wait! The verse does not end like that. It goes on to say “…. And those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” So things are not hopeless. We can indeed know God, for the Son reveals the Father to us. But remember that even though the Father is revealed to us by the Son that does not mean that we will know everything about him. He is too great for human minds to grasp. But because the Son reveals him we can have enough knowledge of him to be saved and to grow in Grace, and also to be strengthened in faith throughout our lives.

Here we are on earth, poor human beings. Sometimes we think we know so much. For some people science and human reason explain all things. But it is not true. We are all in the dark and there we would remain if it were not for the Son. He came from Heaven to save us. He sends the Holy Spirit to enlighten us. He bestows understanding to us, so that we can believe and be saved.

Where would we be if our Triune God did not reveal Himself to us? How would we even get a glimpse of what God is, if the Son did not become flesh for us. Blessed Trinity!

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