Jesus Christ has perfect knowledge

Any person is known by his words and works. Should we employ this principle to Jesus Christ - and particularly His knowledge - it would be easier for all concerned to come to a definite assessment about Him.

1. Jesus Christ is evidently man, but not merely man. He is the God-man.

  • The church comes to this conclusion upon examining the evidence of Scripture: Isaiah 9:6; Luke 6:8.
  • From His own lips we hear about His omniscience: “And all the churches shall know that I am he which searches the reins and hearts” (Revelation 2:23). His eyes are compared to a flame of fire, penetrating and all-searching (Revelation 1:14).

2. His all-knowing is all the more impressive when He states that He has a perfect knowledge of the Father. To know the infinite God one must also be infinite. For a finite creature can never comprehend the infinite.

  • But Christ says that “neither knows any man the Father, save the Son” (Matthew 11:27) - a definite assertion of His deity.
  • Christ is not a “made God;” rather He is in the bosom of the Father, and in the greatest intimacy with Him (John 1:18); one nature with Him (John 10:30).

3. Furthermore, Christ knows all creatures. This is not surprising; since He knows the depths of the Infinite, He surely knows the pettiness of the creature.

  • As in Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3), He cannot be ignorant of anything, since there is nothing but what was made by Him (John 1:3).

4. Christ also knows the heart and affections of all of us. Peter confessed: “Lord thou knowest all things, thou knowest that I love thee” (John 21:17).

  • The reason why God, in Christ, knows the hearts of men, is rendered double, because He created us and because He is everywhere present (Psalms 33:13,15).
  • Though a creature may know what is in a man’s heart, if it be revealed to him, yet such a knowledge is a knowledge only be report, not by inspection. But this latter knowledge is ascribed to Christ (John 2:24,25).

5. Christ has a foreknowledge of the particular inclinations of men, before those distinct inclinations were in actual being in them.

  • He declared to men beforehand: “But there are some of you that believe not; for Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him” (John 6:64).
  • Again Peter’s denial was not unknown to Christ; He predicted it.


a. To the believer: Christ, the all-knowing, is a source of comfort and consolation, for He is greater than our hearts, and though we fail, He knows our failures and has provided a just means of forgiveness, so that we may fear Him.

b. To the unbeliever: Christ, whose eyes are like a flame of fire, knows your stubbornness and your impenitent heart. Do not delay: flee unto Him for refuge. In confessing your sins, you will only be laying out what is already laid out before Him. How will you escape if you neglect to go to Him by faith? Your actions are not hidden from him. He who is able to accuse and condemn you is the only One who is also able to forgive you.