God has a lot to say about who will know Him and who will not. Scripture teaches that understanding the mystery of God and Christ involves revelation from God. When Jesus asked the question “Whom do men say that I, the Son of Man am?” Peter answered “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God”. Jesus replied, “Blessed art thou Simon Barjona for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven”(Matthew 16:13-17). Jesus also said, “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.” (Luke 10:22)
The Eyes of Your Understanding
Preachers can preach and teachers can teach about “the mystery of God and Christ” but unless God gives understanding nothing will be gained. Jesus taught, “No one can come to me unless the Father draws him…” (John 6:44) and “No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Our hope and prayer is “That the eyes of your understanding may be opened…” (Ephesians 1:18)
It is a Gift to See and Understand
The scales that blinded the Apostle Paul’s eyes were put in place by God Himself and then removed in keeping with God’s sovereign will. This faith of ours and our ability to hear it, understand it and believe it is not of ourselves it is a gift from God. “For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8) It is a gift to be called by God and it is a gift to hear that call. It is a gift to see and understand the true identity of the man Christ Jesus.
Blessed Are Your Eyes for They See
Jesus had a lot to say about people who hear but don’t hear and see but don’t see. “But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears for they hear.” (Matthew 13:13-16) He still cries out in the marketplace of ideas today, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear!” Somehow the simplicity of the message of God and Christ, of the Father and the Son has gotten lost in the speculations and imaginations of philosophers and theologians. The message that there is one God, the Father and His only Son, the Christ still blazes on the pages of the holy book for all who can see it. If you want to understand the mystery of God and Christ just ask God to reveal it to you. He surely will.
Copyright 2022 by Bob Shutes