“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” (Jn 16:12-13 ESV)
“But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” (1 2:7-10 ESV)
“And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.” (2 Cor 12:3-4 ESV)
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. (Eph 5:32 ESV)
Isn’t it interesting that Paul mentioned that Jesus would not have been crucified, if those who finally did, would have had the knowledge of divine things revealed to them? I would even go so far to say that no one who knew God’s truth beforehand would ever be inclined to go against Christ. Instead, people would praise Him for fulfilling every human beings needs and desires abundantly, even eternally! Also, if all Christians knew what God wants to bestow on them, even in this age, they would immediately stop fighting against one another and seek to become one with one another instead. They would lose any interest in this-worldly things, in politics, in circumstances we cannot change – whatever. If what I just said is true, why did God not manifest Himself to all mankind so that they could know, read love, Him, too? Only God knows why since all things happen according to His plan…
Let’s hear another brother, Jay Ferris, with His thoughts about this very issue. Here is his whole blog article in which he also mentions further examples in the Bible about God’s secrets that remain hidden to our understanding unless He reveals them to us through His Holy Spirit so that we can know, hear, see, feel, and taste they are the truth (see Ps 34:8 and 1 Pt 2:3).
There are several places in the Bible that speak of things that can’t be told.
Perhaps the most notable is at the last Supper when Jesus informed His disciples that He had more to say to them, but that they were not yet ready to receive it.
Another example is Mary, when receiving the revelation that she was to be the mother of Jesus. This too was something that could not be told, at least not until there was the confirmation of another witness.
Somewhat later Paul informs the carnal Christians at Corinth that he does speak a word among the mature, but that he could not yet address them as mature.
Still later Paul speaks of having surpassing revelations, “things that a man is not permitted to tell.”
The writer of Hebrews has much to share with them, but can’t do so due to their dullness of hearing at a time when they should already have been teachers.
We could also note that Daniel was told to seal up a scroll which would have to wait until an appointed time in the distant future.
For most of human history the greatest truth remained a mystery, “Christ in You the hope of Glory” to be revealed only in Paul’s time. While Paul just came right out with it, we are still left to wonder what can this revelation possibly mean. So why the delay in our ability to “Get it”?
People are not ready for the truth. This can be true because of the carnality of the hearers. It can also be the result of the times. There are times before which we just are not capable of comprehending the revelation. In any case, time is an important factor. It may be that a second witness is required to confirm the revelation, and this too is time related.
Perhaps it might help if we reduce and simplify. Assume with me for a moment that all of this that can’t be told is the same revelation. Suppose this revelation was so big it was beyond our comprehension. Suppose this is also a revelation whose time has come or is rapidly coming upon us. Suppose that this revelation has to do with the priority of God, and not our own priorities. Suppose this has to do with the intimacy of the Godhead from the time the world began. Suppose this is not about generic relationships, but about very specific relationships and purposes in God having their origins in and by Him. These are relationships so full of the passion and purposes of Christ, and not some kind of human decisions, born out of religious merchandising by those who are like children sitting in the market place touting their agendas, and clouding the wisdom that is known of her children.
There are signs of late that just such a perversion and misuse is now beginning to descend onto and into the loneliness of God’s people, especially the young people. This brought to us by religious merchandisers, half baked, and bound to cause greater relational disasters than have already plagued the church for generations in the flesh.
Relationships in Christ are not generic, they are born of Him for His purposes, and not as mere religious toys. Beware of the half baked peddlers that are beginning to come on the scene. I hope to spend a little more time here in the days immediately ahead.
What did Jay say above?
Assume with me for a moment that all of this that can’t be told is the same revelation. Suppose this revelation was so big it was beyond our comprehension.
Yes! I do believe Jay was right here and I also assume he knew from his own experience what he was talking about. The manifestation of Christ IN us (cf. Jn 14:21,23), the hope of glory, is indeed a profound mystery that is only shadowed by marriage as Paul said further above. However, we can be sure that however great the joy and pleasure an earthly marriage might bring, it is nothing compared with the love God wants to share with us. It is only its shadow. Or as Martin Luther put it, “Marriage is an earthly thing.” But being married to God through Christ’s Spirit is a heavenly thing and it is the greatest love of all. We can only share in this supernatural love when God has enabled us to worship Him in Spirit and Truth – anywhere we go and at all times, just as it is written,
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (Jn 4:21-24 ESV)