SECRET THINGS WHICH BELONG TO GOD

In 1 Timothy, one of the qualifications for even a deacon is to hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.  That mystery is surely the knowledge of Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God – and the revelation of the triune God – the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit:  YHVH our God is one.

In Deuteronomy 29:29 (28 Heb), Moses tells Israel that “the secret things belong to YHVH our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this Law.”

God revealed truth to Israel that was not given to other nations, and He called Israel to be a light and His witnesses to the Gentiles.  He gave them to know that He – YHVH – is the Creator; the truth about creation, the Flood, the ‘giants’.  He has revealed these things that we would obey Him with faith.

To Christians/the Church, God has given even more revelation.  Believers in Jesus are His witnesses, and are to make known the true knowledge of God and of His salvation of both Jews and Gentiles through faith in Him and His Word.

There are some things, however, which we CANNOT know now – things which are still secret with God.  The Apostle Paul in his letter to Timothy writes of the many false teachers and teachings which come into the church – often by those who claim to know what no one else does.

   –God has His time to make things known that can be known.  He does not do it all at once, nor necessarily until after Yeshua returns.  He is a Father and a Teacher.  The understanding of the mystery of the Church, with complete equality of Jews and Gentiles, was given primarily first to Paul.
–Satan wants to tempt and entice us to know things now, and be “like God”.
–Knowledge puffs up.
True knowledge comes only from YHVH.

THINGS WHICH ARE STILL UNKNOWN, UNREVEALED:
1. 
Mt 24:36   Of that day and hour [of Jesus’ return
] no one knows, not even the angels of Heaven, but My Father only.
–We should know the season, the times.
–the figtree blossoming; Israel’s re-establishment
–the falling away within the Church and the revelation of the anti-christ
–other signs given by Yeshua and the apostles pertaining to the last days
–If we, or the angels, could know, so could the Devil, but Jesus says the strongman will not know the  hour the thief
comes.
–We will know only after it happens at the precise time.

2.  Rom 11:33   How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!
–God’s dealings with King Manasseh, the son of King Hezekiah
–not the fact of Israel’s salvation as a nation, but God’s judgments and ways of bringing it about
all are disobedient, so God can be merciful to all – both to Jews and to Gentiles
–it is taking longer than we would like for things to ‘be over’
much evil, with its suffering and unrighteousness, that God is allowing
–God does not explain to Job why ‘good’ people suffer bad things, but the inspired writer gives us a glimpse into the  possibilities.

–God wants to save many through His longsuffering

–We do, in Christ, have the mind of Christ. (1Cor 2:16)
–We can each know some things, in part, as through a cloudy glass, all contributing corporately to a greater knowledge of God.
–Some things we cannot know now, but that Day will come when we will know all that God will reveal, especially to those who love Him.

3.  2Cor 12:4   [Paul] was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which were not lawful for a man to  utter.
–after-death experiences are often subjective
–often no Scriptural proof of what many of them claim

4.  Rev 10:4   Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them.

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