Invited into Trinitarian Glory
I’m turning this little trinitarian gem over and over in my head:
“All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” (Matt. 11:27, ESV)
The divine intimacy and union is breathtaking. In light of v. 25, we are confronted with a picture of perfect unity. When the Father reveals Jesus to any of us, to see Him as He is, the Son is at the same time revealing the Father to us.
The divine work of revelation here is stunning. No one knows the Son but the Father. If the Father never broke through our finite existence and epistemological barriers, Jesus would remain unknown to us. And yet the Father does make Him known. And (glory!) He reveals the Son not to the brilliant and elite, but to the little nobodies of this world. Like me. So if we see Jesus as He is in faith, it is the work of the Father.
But there’s more glory. In knowing the Son (revealed by the Father), we are led right to the Father. For as with the Son, so the Father: apart from His gracious intervention, He remains inscrutable and inaccessible to us.
But who is it that knows the Father? The Son! Jesus who knows the infinite goodness of the invisible God without flaw or error.
And so Christian. To see Jesus with the eyes of faith is to be invited into knowledge of the triune God, intimate, true, holy and real. It is to be invited in to the trinitarian glory; the holiest of holy places.
This is grace upon grace.