Matthew 11:27 is one of my favourite verses in the Bible. Jesus says “No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
It throws out all our attempts at knowing and understanding the Father. “No one knows the Father…” We are all wrong. Think of the impact this has on the Old Testament. This disqualifies Moses, David, Solomon or any other author of the Bible as the authority on who the Father is. However there is more to the sentence. “No one… expect those to whom the Son reveals Him.” It is reasonable to ask if Moses and David’s perception of the father could be correct. How would we know if someone’s perception of the Father is revelation from Jesus?
My father is a retired police officer and an elder in the church. There are a lot of people that would relate to him in either of these roles. These people know that he is a father, but they don’t relate to him in that way. Only his children does.
Jesus knows that people think his Father is a judge and a wrathful warmonger, someone to be feared. However, He doesn’t experience Him in that way. He experiences Him as Father. In my case just because I don’t relate to my dad as a police officer doesn’t make him less of a police officer. But what Jesus is saying is that only his experience of his Father is valid, any other experience is false.
I’ve heard someone say that if you have any concepts of God that does not fit with the Father of Jesus, it is not God. I will go a bit further, since we could still be temped to understand the Father of Jesus as a multifaceted being: a Father to Jesus, but a judge to us. The reference point for truth about the Father is Jesus’ own specific experience of his Father, not simply simply “Father of Jesus”. Jesus knows intimacy with the Father since eternity. That knowing is what He shares with us.
Jesus says in Matthew 11:27 that He reveals to us what He experiences and all the rest is wrong.