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5) Matthew 11 - Verse 27 and following
Matthew 11:27 - All things have been delivered unto me of my Father.  What things were all things that were
delegated to the Son?

      1) All authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18, Hebrews 2:8-9, Daniel 7:14, 1st Corinthians 15:24-28,
          John 3:27-36).
      2) Power on earth to forgive sins (Luke 5:24).
      3) Right to be Lord of the living and the dead (Romans 15:8-9).
      4) Inheritance of all things (Hebrews 1:2, Hebrews 2:10, 1st Corinthians 8:6).
      5) All glory and honor, a position superior to angels (Hebrews 1:4).
      6) The responsibility to suffer for all (Hebrews 2:8-9).
      7) The headship over the Church (Ephesians 2:22).
      8) The authority to judge all men (John 5:22).

There could be many more.  Nevertheless, the most important prerogative claimed by Jesus in this context is
primarily the unique knowledge of God.

Is Jesus speaking here of a past fact (have been delivered) or by anticipation?  That is, did He at that moment
actually possess all that He claims?  Yes, because He sees the Father's sending Him to earth and committing all
these tremendous responsibilities to Him as one act.  All the pain and glory that is involved in being the Son of God
was part of His commission.

No man knoweth the Son.  This assertion gives us reason to re-study and re-examine all that we thought we ever
knew about Him.  As we struggle to understand Jesus' divine and human nature, and as we try to comprehend His
earthly ministry and interpret His message, we must hold lightly our own interpretations, lest they become more
decisive in our deliberations, than the very Word of Christ itself.  Though He came to earth with the specific intention
to reveal  God, and though He let Himself be seen, heard and studied, there was always that other side of Jesus, His
infinite deity that staggers men's minds and keeps Him just beyond their complete grasp of His nature.

Neither doth any know the Father save the Son.  Notice the impact of this declaration made by a young Hebrew who
stands before the entire world and cries, "If you would really know the heart, mind, nature and will of God, look at
Me!"

Come to Me; learn from ME, I am the only Person who really knows God!  All who came before Me are liars, thieves
and robbers." (John 14:9, John 1:18, John 10:1, 1st John 5:20).  The grand significance of this statement is that
there is no God but the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Christians cannot rule their lives and still call themselves His disciples, for Jesus recognizes no peer nor rival.  Jesus
graciously invites all men, trying to lead them to lay aside their prejudices.  His grace is sincerely offered to every
man, but He has chosen that only those who are humble shall receive it.  His will remains a closed book to condemn
those who can, but will not, study it, because their lives are occupied with other things, their minds already jammed
with human wisdom.
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