It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
It is the nature of God to hide himself. It is surprising how many passages of Scripture speak of the things hidden. There are dozens.
20 Daniel said, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him.
21 “It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding.
22 “It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him.
34 All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable.
35 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.”
With this brief background concerning God’s nature, let’s read some passages that are often misinterpreted.
24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master.
25 “It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!
26 “Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
27 “What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.
These passages are always quoted to substantiate the teaching that everything evil will be exposed for what it is. Similar passages can be found in both Mark and Luke.
1 ¶ Under these circumstances, after so many thousands of people had gathered together that they were stepping on one another, He began saying to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
2 “But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.
3 “Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops.
16 “Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light.
17 “For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.
18 “So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.”
Notice in verse 18 that it says, “So take care how you listen.” In the similar passages from Mark, Jesus says, “If anyone has ears, let him hear.” These phrases are telling us there is something more in these verses than meets the eye. Mystically, the above passages are not speaking of evil and corruption being revealed at all, but rather the nature of God. While a case could be made that, yes, God is exposing all evil for what it is, the deeper revealing is of Christ Himself. The shallowness of Christianity always gravitates towards seeing the lesser truths in the Scriptures. This is because the religious soul realm is incapable of seeing Jesus Christ by revelation. But God is granting to those who are open the capacity to see Him just as He is.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Mat. 13:44). Now, let’s read some passages that reveal to us the true treasure hidden in the field.
8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,
9 and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things;
10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.
11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,
12 in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.
25 Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God,
26 that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints,
27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
God’s mystery is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” It is a mystery that remains hidden until the Holy Spirit begins to reveal Him to us and in us. “When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” We have a sure and steadfast promise from God that there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. Now, do we see the inference of the passages we read at the beginning of this message? We are not so much concerned with the hidden evil being revealed as we are with Christ being revealed to us. 1st Cor. 13 speaks of no longer seeing in a glass dimly, but seeing face to face. In Christ’s light, we will readily discern all evil as an afterthought.
There is a path that leads into the fullness of God. The revelation that God will reveal to us all the mysteries and secrets of His kingdom, that He will reveal to us the depths of His very nature, is tremendous. It creates a humble thankfulness in us. This is akin to the passages in John 15 concerning how Jesus promised to relate to His own.
14 “You are My friends if you do what I command you.
15 “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
It is the relationship that opens the door to all that is hidden being revealed. Remember, that which is hidden does not relate to facts or “truths,” but to Christ Himself. Christ is to be revealed to us. Jesus told the disciples that all that He had heard from the Father He had made known to them. We should yearn to walk in this same relationship. It is not a given. Our hearts must be open. Many, many false paths open before us. This is why Jesus said that the way is narrow that leads to life, and few it. The religious spirit constantly counterfeits the true path. Many Christians have wandered onto false paths without realizing it. But God will direct the hungry into His paths of righteousness. He will reveal to us all of His secrets according to the desire of our hearts.