The Son doesn't know what the Father knows? - 11/29/2003
Dear Brother and Sister in Christ,
While reading through the section "Like a thief in the night: The rapture of the Church" A particular verse you had quoted perplexed me,
Matthew 24:36 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone."
Surely this does not imply that The Son, who is not The Father yet both are God, somehow is in the dark concerning an issue while The Father knows? But The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit are three in one, all three are God, and God is omniscient. I am not a skeptic, I am simply troubled by this passage, and it was not addressed in your "Bible Discrepancies" page. Anything which brings question or doubt to the Truth of The Holy Bible and it's Divinely Inspired authors requires strict analyzing. I would appreciate your feedback and possible answers as soon as humanly possible. And please, I may miss your feedback so please post it in the "Contender's Mailbag" section. May The Lord Bless you as you live your life for Him.
Your brother in Christ,
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Hi David. Thanks for contacting us regarding your question on this verse. First of all, not all manuscripts include "nor the Son." Mark 13:32 doesn't include it. But for argument's sake, let's assume that the verse is written as intended. There are a couple of very good explanations for this. One view states that while each member of the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) are fully God, they each have a different role, or 'office.' According to this view, it is not that it is impossible for the Son to know the day or the hour, but it is not in the Son's role to know this ahead of time. There is another compelling view that states that while the Son was incarnate in the human form of Jesus, He chose to limit Himself somewhat to human limitations. While He no doubt worked many miracles, He may well have chosen forgo the divine, supernatural foreknowledge of all things while in human form. Both views have some validity, and both are further illustrated by the fact that the Son in Jesus Christ prayed to the Father while on earth. I tend to be a critical thinker when it comes to Scripture, and I am fully comfortable with this verse, in that it does not compromise the deity of Jesus Christ in any way. In my personal opinion, I believe in the former explanation - that it is the role of the Father to know the timing, and not the role of the Son. This does not divide the triune God. This simply illustrates the magnificence and majesty of a God that is so superior to His creation as to dazzle our minds when we try to fully comprehend His nature. If you have any further questions on this, please let us know. May the Lord richly bless you as you study His Word.
Ben and Jennifer Rast