Q. I think Jesus as a man (incarnate) limited himself of the full knowledge of God. Part if that limiting was to what was prophesied, which excluded the mystery (age of grace) revealed to us by Paul. With the elimination of the age of grace, the tribulation could have started within the lifetime of some of the apostles and the second coming of Christ (kingdom/millennium) could have begun before all were dead.Could you comment on the logic of my statement?
A. I agree that Jesus limited Himself to the knowledge of man, which included Old Testament prophesies. But through the power of the Holy Spirit Jesus was a legitimate prophet of God as well as being a healer and a reader of minds.
In this capacity He warned the leaders of Israel several times of their peril in rejecting Him. An obvious example was when Jesus healed the Roman Centurion’s servant because of the Centurion’s faith. Jesus said many would come from the East and the West (Gentiles) to take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom while they who were the intended subjects (Jews), would be thrown outside into the outer darkness. He was criticizing their lack of faith (Matt. 8:5-13).
Another time He told them the parable of the tenants who refused to give the landowner His rightful share of the vineyard’s fruit, mistreated the servants he sent to them, and even killed his son. Jesus explained the point of the parable, saying because of their rejection of Him the Kingdom of God would be taken away from them and given to others (Matt. 21:33-46). And in the parable of the Wedding Banquet (Matt. 22:1-14) Jesus said because the invited guests (Jews) refused to come to the wedding of the King’s son (Kingdom Age), he had his servants invite anyone they could find (Gentiles) to take their place.
In spite of that, He gave them one final unmistakable sign that He was who He claimed to be. It was the sign of Jonah (Matt. 12:38-40), and even though Jesus came out of the grave 3 days after they buried Him and gave them 40 days to realize He had fulfilled the sign, they didn’t change their minds. Had they done so, the 70th Week of Daniel would have immediately begun, followed by the Kingdom Age, and the Age of Grace would never have been.