20b "But Rejoice that your names are written in heaven" 21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. 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." 23 Then he turned to his disciples (NOT THE 72) and said privately, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it."
Observations: Jesus is rejoicing - through the Holy Spirit (We find the entire Trinity in this verse) - and The Spirit's work is implied throughout) A prayer of praise - Addressed to God as Father & Lord of Heaven and Earth
Note: We are overhearing an "insider" conversation here - with Father; and his inner circle of disciples privately - and are being given a look inside the "machinery" to see how salvation actually comes about - Unique blend of evangelistic zeal with the doctine of election
"The words with which Christ turned from this address to the seventy and thanksgiving to God, seem almost like the father's answer to the prayer of the Son. They refer to, and explain, the authority which Jesus had bestowed on His Church: "All things were delivered to me of my father" and they afford the highest rationale for the fact, that these things have been hid from the wise and revealed to babes. For, as no man, only the father, could have full knowledge of the Son, and conversely, no man, only the Son, had true knowledge of the Father, it followed, that this knowledge came to us, not of wisdom and learning, but through the revelation of Christ...." (Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, Edersheim]
1 Cor 1:18-25 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the 1`weakness of God is stronger than man's strength. 26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things -- and the things that are not -- to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God -- that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
God's purpose to eliminate any claim of human boasting: [Psalm 8:2; cf Matt 21:16 ] His Glory!!!
"little children" "Babes" as describing those to whom these things are revealed - can't be taken literally!
"not as "wise and understanding" but only as "babes" - as "converted", "like children" - we can share in the knowledge which maketh us wise unto salvation. And this truely is the Gospel and the Father's good pleasure."Edersheim)
If the gospel is prclaimed to "babes", then no one is left out - it's not a matter of intellectual persuation, any more than of works or power or prestige - age, culture, gender, race - Jesus is opening the door to all
"It is the Father's gift that the son is known, for by His spirit He opens the eyes of our minds and we perceive the glory of Christ who otherwise would be hidden from us. But the Father, who dwells in light inaccessible, and is in Himself incomprehensible, is revealed to us by the son, His lively image, and in vain do we seek Him elsewhere." (Calvin)
The only way to know God - is through Jesus and His revealing of Himself to us -
[not of human wisdom and learning - Next verse : Prophets and Kings sought but didn't see, hear]
It is all focused on the Son - there is no salvation - or true understanding of God apart from knowing him
Since Salvation is at its roots God's triune work -
Requires the work of God's spirit to open them - cf Matt 13:16,17 in context!! parables why?
Matthew 13:11-17 He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: "`You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15 For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.' 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. (NIV)
Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!
The hope of Prophets and Kings (their faith) has become a reality in Jesus for his disciples - they can see and hear it! That's when it brings blessing!! 1 Pet 1:10; John 8:56; Hebrews 11:13; 39
1. Executive conference : The _trinity_
2. I_nsider__ Information
3. Heavenly J_oy_
"The doctrine of E_lection__ encourages E_vangelistic__ Zeal!"
Who has He chosen to reveal Himself to?
NOT _those conceited with human wisdom__
BUT _those helpless and trusting like babes___
How does He reveal Himself?
ONLY in _The Son________
AND by _The Holy Spirit_
When has He revealed Himself?
WHEN _Jesus came to Earth_
WHEN _We see and hear Him ourselves__