God hides things from some, and reveals them to others, and it is all according to His will. Matthew 11:25-28
Matthew 11:25-28 - God hides things from some, and reveals them to others, and it is all according to His will.
25 “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because THOU HAST HID THESE THINGS FROM THE WISE AND PRUDENT, AND HAST REVEALED THEM unto babes.
26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, AND HE TO WHOMSOEVER THE SON WILL REVEAL HIM.
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
And extremely interesting and instructive portion of Scripture is found here in Matthew 11:20-30. Jesus pronounces a “Woe unto thee” to the cities in Israel where he had preached and done many mighty works and they repented not.
He then Thanks God, both because He had hidden these things from some (the wise and prudent) and revealed them to others (the babes), and then gives an invitation - “Come unto me”
There are no contradictions here except in the minds of those who resist and fight against God’s sovereign, elective grace.
Man SHOULD repent and believe God. But in his fallen, sinful nature, man is an enemy of God. (Romans 5:10) There is none that seeketh God. There is none that doeth good. (Romans 3:11-12)
Man, if left to himself, will always rebel. He loves darkness rather than light. (John 3:19) He willfully sins and he likes doing it. “We will not have this man to reign over us.” (Luke 19:14)
“Woe unto them that are WISE IN THEIR OWN EYES AND PRUDENT IN THEIR OWN SIGHT.” Isaiah 5:21
14. “Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for THE WISDOM OF THEIR WISE MEN SHALL PERISH, AND THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE PRUDENT MEN SHALL BE HID.
15. Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
16. SURELY YOUR TURNING OF THINGS UPSIDE DOWN SHALL BE ESTEEMED AS THE POTTER’S CLAY: FOR SHALL THE WORK SAY OF HIM THAT MADE IT, HE MADE ME NOT? OR SHALL THE THING FRAMED SAY OF HIM THAT FRAMED IT, HE HAD NO UNDERSTANDING?” Isaiah 29:14-16
[See also Romans 9:16-24 about the Potter and the clay, and the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction and the vessels of mercy which he had afore prepared unto glory.]
“For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of THE WISE, and will bring to nothing the understanding of THE PRUDENT.” 1 Corinthians 1:19
Read the rest of this chapter and notice carefully Who chooses whom, and that it is OF GOD that we are “in Christ Jesus, who OF GOD is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
God hides his truths from the wise and prudent in their own eyes who think they know it all, and reveals them unto babes who are like new born children who know nothing, but must be taught by their parents what is right and what is wrong.
“Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
The Lord Jesus Thanks the Father for these things, and says: “Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
The Lord Jesus goes on to say: “no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father save the Son, AND HE TO WHOMSOEVER THE SON WILL REVEAL HIM.”
As I mentioned, “will reveal” is not a future tense verb. The word “will” is coupled with the verb “reveal” and is a present tense subjunctive form of the verb boulomai - και ω εαν βουληται ο υιος αποκαλυψαι.
Note from the Internet - It is subjunctive even in English, but most people do not recognize this. The KJB translated it perfectly. Many modern versions say "to whom the Son wills to reveal him", but that would be an indicative verb and not a subjunctive, as the KJB correctly has it.
The reason it is in the subjunctive mood (that is what it technically is called) is because we do not know to whom the Son will reveal the Father. He obviously does, but we do not.
Also reading like the KJB - "and he to whomsoever the Son WILL reveal him." - or "WILL open him" - are Tyndale, Coverdale, the Great Bible, Matthew's Bible, the Bishops' Bible and the Geneva Bible, to name but a few.
This is the same verb that is used in James 1:18 where we read: “OF HIS OWN WILL begat he us with the word of truth”
The Lord Jesus puts this same essential truth in different words in John 5:21 - “For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so THE SON QUICKENETH WHOM HE WILL.”
The new birth itself is described in these terms. Those that received the Lord Jesus and believed on his name “were born, not of blood, NOR OF THE WILL OF THE FLESH, NOR OF THE WILL OF MAN, BUT OF GOD.”
Our “will” or “decision” or “choice” or even our “faith” had nothing at all to do with our new birth. GOD did it all, just as when we were born physically into this world.
The faith that God himself gives us - “the faith of God’s elect” (Titus 1:1) - is to believe what God has already done for his people at the cross of Calvary where the Lamb of God bore our sins, and we were quickened together with Christ and raised us up together with him and are now seated in the heavenly places IN Christ.
And all this happened before we were even born.
The gospel is not about something God WANTS TO DO, but about what he has ALREADY DONE for his people.
“Thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save HIS PEOPLE from their sins.”
He laid down his life for the sheep (John 10:15)
He loved the church and gave himself for it (Ephesians 5:25)
and He gave his life a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28)
All this he did this at the cross when he shed his precious blood, redeemed us to God and said “IT IS FINISHED” (John 19:30)
The Lord Jesus clearly tells us that it is HE who reveals the Father and quickens (gives life to) whomsoever HE WILLS.
“ALL that the Father giveth me SHALL COME to me: and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37
“As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life TO AS MANY AS THOU HAST GIVEN HIM.” John 17:2.
In Matthew 11, after pronouncing a Woe upon those who did not repent, and Thanking the Father for hiding these things from some and revealing them to others, and after affirming that the Son reveals the Father to whomsoever HE WILL, he then says:
“COME unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Is there a contradiction? No. Not at all. Just because a call is given to Come or to Believe, or to Repent, does not mean that man - if left to himself - is capable of doing such a thing. He SHOULD, but he won't and he can't do it by himself. Man is DEAD in sins. He hates the true God and is not seeking him.
So who are those that hear his voice and that DO come? Jesus himself tells us in John 6:44 where he says: “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Jesus went on to say to the people he was talking to in John 6 “But there are some of you that believe not” and then he says: “THEREFORE said I unto you, that NO MAN CAN COME UNTO ME, EXCEPT IT WERE GIVEN UNTO HIM OF MY FATHER.”
If you have come to the Son of God, and have believed that he bore your sins and rose from the dead, and you have been born again, then realize that GOD DID IT ALL for you because you are one of his elect who was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world.
Are you still fighting against these revealed truths, turning things upside down (the Potter and the clay) and trying to give yourself credit for your “decision to accept Christ” or by thinking “I chose of my own free will to believe the gospel”?
Don’t be wise in your own eyes or prudent in your own sight. Don’t base your beliefs on what your experience SEEMED like or on what you WANT the Bible to say, or what some friend or pastor told you.
Read the Book and believe what it says. And if your personal brand of theology ends up contradicting other clear verses of Scripture, then it is your understanding and theology that is wrong, not the King James Bible.
Let us bow before the sovereignty of God as he hides these things from some and reveals them to others, so that we too can say along with our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ - “Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.”
ALL of grace,
If you are interested in reading more about related topics see
“Why do some believe the gospel and others do not?”
“Did you choose God or did He choose you?”
Revelation 22:17 “Whosoever will”
2 Peter 3:9 “not willing that any should perish”
John 3:16 God so loved the world