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January 20, 2023

Praising Our Father in the Midst of Difficulties (3)

Matt 11:27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one fully knows the Son except the Father; neither does anyone fully know the Father except the Son and him to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

[Part 3 of 3] Following this, our Lord said something as a kind of explanation. It explained why He could say what He said. He said, "All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one fully knows the Son except the Father" (v. 27a). As long as the Father knew, that was enough. It did not matter that the men of Chorazin knew not. It did not matter that the men of Bethsaida or Capernaum knew not. It did not matter that the whole house of Jacob and all the Israelites, including all those who received help from Him, knew not. It even did not matter whether John misunderstood Him. There was only one thing which was important: "All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one fully knows the Son except the Father." As long as the Father knew, that was enough. Brothers and sisters, God knows. Is that enough for you? Or do you need John to know or the whole house of Jacob and all the Israelites to know you? Do you need the men of Capernaum, Bethsaida, and Chorazin to know you? Brothers and sisters, is it enough for God to know you? It is true that you cannot be without your brothers and sisters, but when no one knows you, you should be satisfied with living before God and being known by the Father only. The Lord Jesus could say, "All things have been delivered to Me by My Father." Brothers and sisters, have all things been delivered to you by the Father? Or have all things been delivered to you by men? Can you say, "Father, everything I have is from You"? Can you say, "Father, I only want what is from You; I ask for nothing from men"? If you can say this, you can be at rest, and you can give praise. The Lord said, "No one fully knows the Son except the Father." He also said, "Neither does anyone fully know the Father except the Son and him to whom the Son wills to reveal Him" (v. 27b). Only those who are willing to be known by God alone will know God, and only those who know God can lead others to the knowledge of God. Those who do not know the Father cannot lead others to the knowledge of the Father. If you are satisfied with being known by God alone, you will know God. Only those who are known by God will know God, and only those who know God can lead others to the knowledge of God.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, General Messages, Vol. 37, The Collected Works of Watchman Nee, pp.204-205. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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CWWN - vol. 36 (Central Messages)