21 In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 22 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Spiritual sight is required for salvation. Many believe that all one has to do to be saved is make a decision for Jesus. Behind this belief is the idea that once they have decided that God responds to their decision, regenerates their heart (gives them a new heart) and thus they are saved. This kind of decision theology puts salvation in the hands of man not in the hands of God. But when we read passages like this one we find that man has nothing to do with his salvation, it is an act of God and God alone. It is the Father who either hides the truth about Jesus or reveals it. He is the one who opens the spiritual eyes of those whom he desires to save and when he opens their eyes they see Jesus for who he is and what he has done. He is the one who takes out our heart of stone and gives us a heart of flesh. He is the one who makes us alive in Christ instead of leaving us dead in our trespasses and sins. He is the one who transfers us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. He is the one who causes us to be born again. He is the one who gives to us the gift of faith so that we might believe. He is the one who grants to us the ability to repent and turn from our sin. He is the one applies the cleansing work of Christ’s shed blood for the forgiveness of our sins. Salvation is a work of God alone! We do nothing to contribute to our salvation; it is completely the work of our Triune God. So when we come to such verses we should rejoice that God was gracious enough to reveal to us Jesus that he has not hidden from us the greatest treasure we can obtain in this life and the next. We should humbly bow our knee in gratitude that he chose us, not because of anything good in us, but because of his grace and mercy. We should respond in great gratitude to our Lord and Savior with hearts full of love because he first loved us. Oh how great is our salvation and even greater is our Savior, halleluiah.