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The Lord Sometimes Witholds The Truth From Us Until He Is Ready To Reveal It

He sometimes lets us continue in our own erroneous thoughts until He is ready to correct us.

This is a very important concept to Christians, because it explains how it is that God permits such differences of belief to exist. He is simply letting us believe what we want to believe until such time as He makes everything clear.

The general concept is found in 1 Corinthians 13:12, where we get the idea of seeing things unclearly . . .

           "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then
            face to face: now I know in part; but then shall
            I know even as also I am known." (1 Corinthians
            13:14 KJV)
    
There are two good examples in the Bible where Jesus allowed people not to recognize Him when He was right there with them. Then, when He was ready, He opened their eyes and they could see the truth.

The first example involved Mary Magdalene, who was perhaps His most devoted and closest follower. On the Sunday morning after he was killed, she went to the place where His body had been laid, and she was distraught to find that He was not there.

As she was weeping outside the sepulchre, she looked inside and saw two angels sitting where the body had been placed. Then Jesus appeared, but she thought He was the gardner. After a short while, He revealed Himself to her.

             JOHN 20:13-16 (KJV)
             13
                    And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?
                    She saith unto them, Because they have taken away 
                    my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.                      
             14
                    And when she had thus said, she turned herself back,
                    and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was
                    Jesus.
             15
                    Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom
                    seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener,
                    saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence,
                    tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him
                    away.
             16
                    Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and
                    saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.


The second example happened on the road to Emmaus, near Jerusalem, when two of His followers were walking along, discussing the crucifixion. He appeared to them and talked with them a long time, but they did not recognize it was Jesus. Finally, He opened their eyes and they knew who He was.
             LUKE 24: 13-31 (KJV)                             
             13
                    And, behold, two of them went that same day to a
                    village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about
                    threescore furlongs.
             14
                    And they talked together of all these things which
                    had happened.
             15
                    And it came to pass, that, while they communed
                    together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and
                    went with them.
             16
                    But their eyes were holden that they should not know
                    him.
             17
                    And he said unto them, What manner of communications
                    are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk,
                    and are sad?
             18
                    And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas,
                    answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in
                    Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are
                    come to pass there in these days?
             19
                    And he said unto them, What things? And they said
                    unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a
                    prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all
                    the people:
             20
                    And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered
                    him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
             21
                    But we trusted that it had been he which should have
                    redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the
                    third day since these things were done.
             22
                    Yea, and certain women also of our company made us
                    astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;
             23
                    And when they found not his body, they came, saying,
                    that they had also seen a vision of angels, which
                    said that he was alive.
             24
                    And certain of them which were with us went to the
                    sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had
                    said: but him they saw not.
             25
                    Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to
                    believe all that the prophets have spoken:
             26
                    Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and
                    to enter into his glory?
             27
                    And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he
                    expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things
                    concerning himself.
             28
                    And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they
                    went: and he made as though he would have gone
                    further.
             29
                    But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for
                    it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And
                    he went in to tarry with them.
             30
                    And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he
                    took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to
                    them.
             31
                    And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he
                    vanished out of their sight.

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