Hidden wisdom is another way to look at God’s secrets. He is the Master at hiding deep eternal truth. But what is the point, you may wonder. Does one need a master’s degree to learn this wisdom? Some think so and would urge you to enroll in their Bible college. But then, what chance does a young or simple-minded person (who can’t afford Bible college) have to know the deep things of God?
There’s an answer for that, and it’s found in what I’d consider the passage of full mention on the mysteries of God. You will want to get to know the Bible study rule of “full mention.” That is, any topic you are curious about in the Bible has at least one spot that explains it thoroughly. Start there in your study of whatever the topic is.
When it comes to the hidden wisdom or the deep things of God, the go-to passage is 1 Cor. 2:7-16. In a nutshell, the way to learn God’s hidden wisdom is by the Spirit of God. Those without God’s Spirit living in them will never comprehend God’s mysteries or His deep truths. He hides them from non-believers. Remember that God is a Spirit (John 4:24) and at salvation, His Spirit comes to live in us (John 14:17, Col. 1:27, 1 John 4:4).
Everyone else… how can they possibly grasp deep spiritual things when they don’t have the Spirit?
It turns out, Jesus loved the beauty of wisdom hidden from smart knuckleheads.
“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.” (Matt. 11:25)
Babes. Let’s call them the poor simple-minded we considered above who know Jesus. The fact that they know Jesus isn’t even because of their limited smarts. Because God wants the glory for what we know. Two verses after Jesus praised God for revealing things to babes, he said, “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.” (Matt. 11:27). We’re bumping into another mystery of God we will never fully grasp, and that is His sovereignty combined with His choices. An unregenerated mind will look at that concept, and the closest they will come to understanding it is naming it fate. That is, “stuff happens for whatever cosmic reason.” God’s air breathed into that equals His sovereignty. God knows hearts, and He knows who to entrust with the truths of Jesus. Even Jesus didn’t entrust Himself to everyone. He knew those who believed in Him only because of His miracles. With that knowledge of people’s hearts, He knew who to commit himself to and who not to (John 2:23-25).
Don’t cry “foul!” too soon. You don’t know enough about the secrets of God and who he reveals them to to judge yet. His truths are treasures—pearls He won’t cast before swine.
Tell me what you think. Jody