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    Only the Father knows...

    Question: Matthew 24:36 says, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” This seems to be problematic, for if there is something the Son does not know, would this not indicate to us that he is not omniscient (all knowing)? God is all knowing and yet this tells us that there is something Christ did not know. How do we reconcile this verse with the Christian concept of the Deity of Christ?

    I seek to provide an answer here. - JS

    Posted by John Samson on May 19, 2011 02:25 AM


    It seems to me to emphasize an obvious now in light of your article, John.

    What is the obvious?

    Jesus, in His great Priestly Prayer, John 17, defines the "gift" of Eternal Life as "knowing" the Only True God and Jesus Christ, Whom He sent.

    The gift is a relationship lost that is now restored to those given the Gift, to believe and receive what was lost or absent before believing and receiving the Gift.

    "Once I was lost and now I am found"!

    I would point to verse 44 in the chapter in question:

    Mat 24:44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

    Being ready, it seems to me, is not a legal matter, as it seems to convey in that verse.

    Rather, "I get to" go to bed and wake up every morning in fellowship with God, Our Heavenly Father enjoying His Presence, His Eternal Glory and partaking of the Fruit of the Spirit. Equally, "I get to" go to bed and wake up every morning in fellowship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit!

    Not being ready seems to be such a loss to me in light of the reality of the Gift of Eternal Life granted to me to receive and now live in the Spirit of Grace and Truth!

    I don't suppose I will miss a beat when He comes by not knowing the day or the hour of His coming?

    I don't suppose anyone will, either, those called and elected to His Eternal Glory in Christ?

    Just one other thing to note about that chapter. Jesus says all those indicators are "birth" pangs, not "death" pangs for those washed and forgiven living in His Eternal Glory when He comes. There will be mourning, though, for the Tribes of the earth, for those who do not wish for His appearing!

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