Secrets on the human level are meant to be “kept”.
Intrigue is initiated when the word “secret” is mentioned. Upon hearing it used curiosity is piqued and the hearer begins to burn mental energy, trying to figure out what that secret is! When I was in my teens, our mother had a secret stash of chocolates which her five children could never find – though we diligently searched for it! I also remember our grandmother watching a weekly TV program called “I’ve Got a Secret!”; she would be riveted to the television set, determined to be among those who correctly guessed what “the secret” was. Then there would be the friend who from time to time would whisper, “Hey, Jen, I’ve got a secret, but you’ve got to promise to not tell ANYone!” I’d be dying to know what that secret was, and then once I did, it would sometimes be difficult to not tell it – a breach of trust that could potentially begin, or continue, a string of “Promise not to tell?”‘s!
While reading a biography recently of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life, I learned that he had been a spy, a “secret agent”, for the Abwehr (German Military Intelligence) during World War II; at the same time he was totally committed to helping oust Hitler and rescue the Jews and other groups hated by the Nazis from extermination. He had to be extremely careful with his words, decisions, and actions; he completely trusted God to keep his motives, his mission a “secret” from those who would want to sabotage them. Secrets to be guarded, not shared. God has secrets, too – but He wants to share them.
“The secret things belong unto the Lord our God, but the things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever …” ( Deuteronomy 29:29)
There are indeed “secret things” that only God knows and that no one on earth will know till we are with Him in Heaven. But there are some “secret things” that He has now revealed through His Son, and through His life, teaching, and Finished Work on the Cross – things which only those who are in Him and He in them can know. Jesus said in John 15:15, “I do not call you servants any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing … But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you EVERYTHING [emphasis mine] that I have heard from My Father. …” The Lord Jesus Christ made these things known in His Word, by His Spirit, and these things are knowable to all who know Him, who are in Him. Yet, not all will know His secrets. Who can and who will? And what are some of these “secret things”?
“The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord …”
” … have they who fear the Lord; and to them will He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.” (Psalm 25:14, Ampl) Similarly, Proverbs 3:32b encourages us that “His confidential communion and secret counsel are with the righteous …” (Amp) – that’s us! This is what is promised to us regarding knowing God’s secrets. Matthew 13:34, 35 likewise assures us of this privilege of knowing what is hidden to the natural mind and man concerning God: “These things taken together Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, without a parable He said nothing to them. This was in fulfillment of what was spoken by the prophet: ‘I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things that have been hidden since the foundation of the world.’ ” (referring to Psalm 72:2b, which says: “I will utter dark sayings of old that hide important truth.”) But because He has called us His friends, we can know them, now, but only by His Spirit and through His Word. What a motivation to gather together all the more to receive His Word! Many won’t know His secret design, His hidden Eternal Purpose until the seventh angel in Revelation 10:7 sounds the trumpet call, when God’s mystery, as He had announced the glad things to His servants the prophets, should be fulfilled.” Actually, in Amos 3:7, the prophet declares, “Surely the Lord will do nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets.” (“secret” here is “sowd” in the Hebrew, connoting “intimacy, inward things, secret counsel, confidentiality). But we are His friends, and He will disclose to us now all that He has heard from His Father. Then, ultimately, others will know. (By the way, He cannot tell us when precisely the Rapture will take place, because the Father has not revealed that to even His Son!) “There is nothing hidden that shall note disclosed, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come out in the open.” (Luke 8:17, Ampl)
” … the Secret Place of the Most High …”
One of the most important of God’s secret things for us believers to know is “the secret Place of the Most High”. Psalm 91:1 promises that “He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].” (Ampl) Years ago Dr.Stevens defined that “secret place” as “the place of absolute faith against sight, reason, and feelings”. How valuable this definition is! God reveals to us a “secret” through His Word – whether we read or hear it, and although our senses may contradict it, we remain stable and seated in that secret place of trusting Him and in what He ways, with all our heart.
God wants to be known.God didn't want to remain a total mystery to the people that He had created to enjoy communion with Him. Click To Tweet
The Father did not want the crown of His creation – mankind – to live out our lives not knowing Him. He didn’t want to remain a total mystery to the men and women that He had created to enjoy sweet, satisfying communion with Him. Thus, He sent His only begotten Son – “the express image of His Person” – into the world to reveal what He the Father is like, and what His Heart is toward us. He also makes it clear in Colossians 2:2 that He wants us to progressively become more and more intimately acquainted with Him and to know more accurately and thoroughly the “mystic secret of God, which is Christ …”!
The Secret to Knowing God’s SecretsLiving in perpetual awareness of His Presence would undoubtedly establish us in constant, living communion with Him. Click To Tweet
Remember in Psalm 25:14 that “the secret of the sweet, satisfying companionship of the Lord have those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him (emphasis mine). Ecclesiastes 8:12 help us to understand what “the fear of the Lord” is: to “realize His continual Presence” (Amplified Bible), to reckon on that Presence as unchanging, uninterrupted. “I am with you uniformly till the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20) Imagine the impact of our lives – in our marriages, families, neighborhoods, churches, towns and cities, working places, even in our countries! – if we were to live in perpetual awareness of His Presence with us, a habit that would undoubtedly draw us into and establish us in constant, living communion with Him. Indeed, as we read in Psalm 85:9, “Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him … that the manifest Presence of God, His Glory, may abide in our land.” The manifest Presence of God … that makes us think of I John 3:8 – “Herein was the Son of God made manifest that He might destroy the works of the devil.” The Lord wants to be openly made known, manifested; and though there is more than one reason why, this one is a principal one.
Mystery revealed, Wisdom manifested …
Paul, in Ephesians 3:3-11, illustrates what has been written above: ” …the mystery of Christ … in other ages was not made known to …men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same Body and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel … . To me … this Grace was given … to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God … to the intent that now the manifold Wisdom of God might be made known by the Church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to His Eternal Purpose…” This was a well-kept secret of God until the fullness of time came and He poured out into the open what had been hidden since the beginning of the ages – using a man, who with much Grace, made all see what this mystery is and what God’s intent was: that His Church would manifest the manifold Wisdom of God. And to whom? To the devil and his principalities and powers in the heavenlies, whose works were and continue to be destroyed by the Son of God being made manifest (I John 3:8). So first, the Father reveals His secrets to the Son, Who in turn reveals them to His friends. Then by His Grace our lives manifest the substance of what He has told us, and everyone and everything around us is affected.
The Beginning and the End of God’s Secrets
The Book of Proverbs tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning and principal part of knowledge and also of Wisdom. Therefore, whoever is wise will receive Grace to be established in this worshipful, reverential fear. We then can enjoy His constant companionship and communion as well as know the deep, inner meaning of His Finished Work covenant. All the while we rejoice that we have the privilege of being called His friends and of knowing all the secrets that the Father has told and revealed to Him. Finally, we have as a very real hope, as we allow the Son of God to be manifest in and through us (i.e., allowing Him to be all He wants to be, say all He wants to say, through us), that lives around us will be drawn to Him, works of the devil will be destroyed, and His Glory will seen in our lands!