These Things are Marvelous and Profound

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Bible Verses

Luke 10:23 And turning to the disciples, He said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see. (24) For I tell you that many prophets and kings have wanted to perceive the things that you see, and have not perceived them, and to hear the things that you hear, and have not heard them.

Consider this:

The word about these things  [in above verses]  , all things  [verse 22]  , and the things in Luke 10 may remind us of Paul's word in 1 Corinthians 2:9: "But even as it is written, Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not come up in man's heart, how much God has prepared for those who love Him." The things here are the things in God's New Testament economy. The sphere of what the eye can see is narrow: the sphere of what the ear can hear is broader; and the sphere of what the heart can realize is without limitation. God in His wisdom has ordained and prepared for us many deep and hidden things, such as justification sanctification. and glorification. All these the human eye has never seen, the human ear has never heard, and the human heart has never realized.

I wish to emphasize the fact that the explanation of these things, all things, and the things is not found in the Gospel of Luke. For this explanation we must come to the Epistles of Paul. In these Epistles we have the New Testament economy of God and the mysteries in this economy. How marvelous and profound are these mysteries! What is revealed in the Epistles of Paul concerning God's New Testament economy involves the divine Trinity, God's eternal plan, Christ as the embodiment of God, the church as the Body of Christ, and God's intention to be expressed through His divine Trinity in the church.

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Things Hidden from the Wise

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Bible Verses

Luke 10:21 In that hour He exulted in the Holy Spirit and said, I extol You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to babes. Yes, Father, for thus it has been well pleasing in Your sight. (22) All things have been delivered to Me by My Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and he to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

Consider this:

The Son in 10:21 praised the Father that He has "hid these things from the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to babes." The "wise and intelligent" may refer in particular to the people of the three cities mentioned in verses 13 and 15, people who were wise and intelligent in their own eyes. The Father's will was to hide the knowledge of the Son and the Father from such people. The "babes" in verse 21 refer to the disciples, who were children of wisdom. The Father was pleased to reveal both the Son and the Father to them.

We should not regard ourselves as wise and intelligent. If we have such a view of ourselves, we shall not receive the revelation of the Son and the Father. Instead of considering ourselves wise and intelligent, we should regard ourselves as babes, as those who are not knowledgeable. It is well-pleasing in the Father's sight to reveal the knowledge of the Son and the Father to babes, but to hide it from the wise and intelligent.

In verse 22 the Lord says that no one knows who the Son is except the Father and who the Father is except the Son, and he to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. The word "knows" here denotes full knowledge, not mere objective acquaintance. Concerning the Son, only the Father has such knowledge, and concerning the Father, only the Son has such knowledge. Hence, to know the Son requires the Father's revelation (Matt. 16:17), and to know the Father requires the Son's revelation (John 17:6, 26). The word "wills" in 10:22 means to deliberately exercise the will to counsel.

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Transcending Everything through Praise

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Bible Verses

Isaiah 38:18 For Sheol cannot thank You, and Death cannot praise You; They that go down to the pit cannot hope in Your truth. (19) The living, the living, he will praise You, as I do today...

Consider this:

Your whole being may struggle, complain, and cry for justice. You may find it difficult to forgive or pardon others. It is hard for you to overcome your feeling. You are wronged, slandered, persecuted, and you cannot get over it. Prayer does not help much. You want to fight and struggle against it, but you cannot. The more you try to shake off this burden, the worse you become. You find it hard to overcome. Please remember that when you suffer great personal hardship and severe injustice, it is not the time for you to pray, but the time for you to praise. You should bow your head and say to the Lord, "I thank You. You are never wrong in what You do. I accept all these things from Your hands. I thank You . I praise You." If you do this, all your problems will go away.

Victory has nothing to do with struggling with the flesh. It has nothing to do with trying to forgive others or striving to pardon others with one's own strength. Victory comes when one bows his head and praises the Lord: "I praise You for Your way. Your arrangement is always good. Whatever You do is right." When you praise the Lord this way, your spirit will soar above your problems; it will soar above your inner wounds. Your spirit will transcend to the heights... The Christian life soars through praises. To praise is to transcend everything to touch the Lord. This was the pathway our Lord Jesus took when He was on earth.

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