It never ceases to amaze me how many objections I hear regarding the truths of the Gospel which simply spring from lack of the intellect to understand it. Well, I want to offer a word of great comfort to you today contained in this truth: WHAT YOU CANNOT GLEAN BY INTELLECT . . . GAIN BY AFFECTION!
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever. (Deuteronomy 29:29)
Right there, in those 21 Spirit-inspired words, there is a Gospel truth that should ease our mind and comfort our hearts. The secret things belong to the Lord . . . which means there are secret things. Everything is not revealed to us, simply because we are not able to take it all in. God is infinite, but we are finite; our capacity for understanding is limited. Omniscience is reserved for God alone.
This limitation was true for Adam and Eve, even before their catastrophic fall in the Garden. How much more is it true of you and I, after sin has corrupted everything, including our minds?
Job was instructed in this truth by the Almighty:
Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep? Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness? Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
There are countless things in creation that will forever remain a mystery to the creature. And if this is true of the temporal creation that can be seen, how much more for all that is eternal and cannot be seen? We are no more able to plumb the depths of understanding when it comes to the “springs of the sea” and the “recesses of the deep” than we are able to comprehend the spiritual springs of our so-great salvation.
Mystery is simply part of God’s plan for us. If we could grasp everything and have all knowledge . . . we would be God!
For years I struggled to understand where and how divine sovereignty and human responsibility intersected with each other. I don’t struggle with that anymore. God said it . . . and that settles it! I understand that God is sovereign and we are responsible to Him. I keep those two truths in view, and what I cannot glean by intellect . . . I gain by affection. You see, when our hearts beat for nothing smaller than Jesus, we can take Him at His Word and receive the deep truths of Scripture without knowing everything there is to know about them.
“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror . . .” (1 Corinthians 13:12). God gives us the exact amount of understanding we need in order to do all He is calling us to do with everything He has given us to do it with. And He has equipped us for service through the life, death, and resurrection of His beloved Son. Jesus lived the life we should have lived and died the death we should have died. What cannot be gained by affection rooted in this truth is not worth gaining! Understanding that we have been purchased by the precious blood of the Lamb should bring us to such a place of affection that mystery no longer matters . . . because we have our Master.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!