|Yes, Father, for thus it has been well-pleasing in Your sight.|
|All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one fully knows the Son except the Father; neither does anyone fully know the Father except the Son and him to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.|
The Greek word translated “knows” in this verse means full knowledge, not mere objective acquaintance. Concerning the Son, only the Father has such knowledge; and concerning the Father, only the Son has such knowledge. Hence, to know the Son requires the Father’s revelation (16:17), and to know the Father requires the Son’s revelation (John 17:6, 26). The Greek word translated “wills” means to deliberately exercise the will through counsel. “These things” mentioned in verse 25 are difficult for the natural man to understand. The Lord’s recovery is absolutely against the enemy’s kingdom of darkness. No doubt the evil one is not willing to let people know the things of the Father, the Son, and the Lord’s recovery. Thus, there is the need of the Father’s sovereign mercy. It is sovereign of the Lord that we have seen certain things and have been brought into them. Although others condemn them, we rejoice over them because we have seen them. Our seeing is not due to our intelligence; it is due to the mercy of the Father. The Father has shown us all these things.