Thus the penitent thief makes the fact of his recognition the burthen of his dying prayer, "Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom!" We shall have no wrong prejudices and prepossessions to overcome or guard against, by which our free progress in true knowledge is now so much obstructed.5. What is the universe but one glorious glass to show us the more glorious Maker? Alas! The pure in heart shall see God. "That I may rejoice in the day of the Lord that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain." H. Spurgeon.There is all the difference between viewing an object through an obscure medium and closely inspecting it with the naked eye. Filial fear to be displayed.IV. In a word, by the destination of his Creator and the necessities of his nature, man commences at once an active, not merely a contemplative being. Blair, D.D.Was such an obscure and imperfect discovery of another life worthy to proceed from God? "We must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ, to give an account of the deeds done in the body" (Matthew 25:34, etc. Conclusion: But if we shall rejoice to recognise our friends in heaven, must we not be grieved at the absence of others, in hell? THE PROPERTIES OF OUR PRESENT KNOWLEDGE WHICH THE APOSTLE HERE MENTIONS.1. But this seems quite opposite to His ordinary dealings with us; and therefore, unless there was the strongest proof that we should not, know each other, we should argue that it was contrary to all that we might infer. Besides, it is impossible to think that all will be without a history and without a name; some, we know, will be preeminent; we shall sit down with Abraham, and with Isaac, and with Jacob, in the kingdom of God. SOME OF THE VARIOUS OBJECTS OF IT.1. We have several portions of Divine truth communicated to us, but in many cases without the connecting link — God's justice and mercy: His hatred of sin, and permission of the existence of evil; man's free will and God's free grace. B. Owen, M.A.I. Clearness. Man was not made only that he might know the records of history, the niceties of language, the wonders of physical science, the conclusions of mathematics. All that is needed to fill the present hour and fit us for the future is given us in the "now," and all the blessings and privileges of the.heaven of the future will be included in the "then." In thus unequivocally asserting that our existence beyond the tomb is one of distinct consciousness, revelation has taught us what we most desire and need to know. I'll call this carbon every time I see it in the future. Glorious and surprising then will be the new discoveries we shall make in the works of God. One mountain-peak is the fact of revelation itself. Because we are sure that in heaven there will be nothing wanting to perfect the happiness of a glorified spirit.2. The Saviour.3. Are extremes only possible in conscious reality to superior beings. We know not the wonders either of our external or internal frame; the faculties of our nature; our capacities for service and happiness; the motives and springs of our conduct; the passions that govern us; the conduct and improvement of our superior powers; the influences to which they are liable; the purposes to which they are to be directed, and the manner in which they are to be employed in order to our happiness and usefulness, for which ends we received them. (3)The righteousness of God's moral government.(T. Notwithstanding a fault, He sees a servant; notwithstanding a good quality, He sees an enemy. Our future organs of vision will be very much the same as "now"; but how greatly developed and improved no mortal may know. Our future medium of seeing — "face to face." The immediate effect of such a discovery would be to annihilate in our eye all human objects, and to produce a total stagnation in the affairs of the world. "Oh, renowned day," exclaimed the Roman orator, "when I shall have reached the Divine assemblage of those minds with which I have congenial predilections, and shall escape this untoward and uncongenial throng!" "Now I know in part, but then shall I know fully, even as also I am fully known." I used to call it coal: and yet my soul is fed no more by carbon than it was by coal. Hardly would any transient gleams of intervening joy be able to force their way through the cloud. All bars all hindrances, all veils will be withdrawn. Hardly would any transient gleams of intervening joy be able to force their way through the cloud. In such evidence it becomes us to acquiesce, without indulging either doubts or complaints. When David thought of his dying child, he agonised in fasting and in prayer; when that child was taken away he found encouragement. Precisely in the same manner, as by the mixture of evidence and obscurity which remains on the prospect of a future state, a proper balance is preserved betwixt our love of this life and our desire of a better. But that there is mystery and darkness about them who is vain enough to deny? )The imperfection of our present knowledgeJ. His works of Providence.5. From the analogy of sleep, the Scriptural type of death, the persons of individuals, both dead and living, being clearly identified in the dreams of the night, and therefore leading to the inference that such persons would be equally identified after they and we shall have "fallen asleep in Jesus."II. Pride starts in the heart then reveals itself in arrogance before others. Our present knowledge is not only very confined and indistinct, but very uncertain also. Then shall we discern the wrong paths in which we trod, as plainly as a benighted traveller at the rising of the morning sun, and be able, it may be, to trace our errors up to their original, the first wrong impression we received which insensibly turned us aside from the path of truth, which we were never able afterwards to recover, whilst at the same time we shall adore the guard and guidance of Divine grace which preserved our feeble and fickle minds from imbibing errors of a more dangerous and pernicious tendency.4. The doctrines of the gospel and the mysteries of the faith. This is an in-depth series focusing on 1 Corinthians from the Bible. The future, then, is a mode of existence in which the soul "knows even as it is known." Let us, then, walk by faith, Let us strengthen this principle of action to the utmost of our power.(H. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain. THERE ARE MANY CONSIDERATIONS WHICH SHOW HOW VAST WILL BE THE ATTAINMENTS OF THE GLORIFIED SPIRIT.1. But again; I said that there is a practical consequence of the existence of mysteries in the gospel of our salvation, to be deduced from the expressions of St. Paul in the text. May be extremely different, and in no case will they be identical. First, clearly, because he set himself with intense earnestness to receive in all its vividness and distinctness the revelation that came from God. It is only because a man is unthinking, or because he imagines that the future world will be like the present one, only longer in duration, that he is so indifferent regarding it.(T. "We must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ, to give an account of the deeds done in the body" (Matthew 25:34, etc. The few cannot procure it for the many, or the many for the few. And, again, if we could understand them, what advantage would it be to us? BUT LET SCRIPTURE DECIDE.1. WHENCE IT IS THAT ALL OUR BEST ATTAINMENTS IN KNOWLEDGE ARE AT PRESENT SO VERY POOR AND DEFECTIVE.1. What a sweet and sublime entertainment will the enlarged mind enjoy in contemplating the wise and wondrous ways of Providence!III. I do not know how it was inspired; but there is the fact. God is seen now in His works and in His Word. "I have no greater joy," said the beloved disciple, "than to hear that my children walk in truth": and was that joy entirely torn from his spirit when he passed from this world of distraction and discord to that region where all was love? WHAT SHALL BE THE OBJECTS OF OUR KNOWLEDGE? No glass any more, but blessed contact — actual presence. Sermon 1 Corinthians 1:18 God's Foolishness By Pastor Vince Gerhardy Have you heard the report that was screened on TV quite some years ago, long before colour TV? )Imperfect knowledgeT. Are comprehensive only of one order. And if such be the salutary lesson which nature's mysteries impress upon a thinking and a well-ordered mind, do not the mysteries of revelation enforce the same upon the student of God's will and Word? In this state of things we see nothing perfectly clear. We apply a human language to measure Divine things. And what makes us happier upon earth than mutual acquaintance? But such imperfection is not to be always our lot. (4) But chemistry has taken up the microscope, and says, "Now we have it; we have got things in the very act of beginning to be; we have seen them actually wriggling up into life." There will be no veil over the face of things, and many things we use are things for rude childish condition: the condition of manhood will dispense with them as unfit and useless. It will be certain and satisfying; no longer conjectural and enigmatical as it now is while we look through a glass darkly.3. He desires only to have his view enlarged beyond the limits of this corporeal state. )Heaven a state of perfection in knowledgeH. But this very pursuit, which of all others most magnifies the capacities of the human mind, and seems to elevate our race to rank but a little lower than the angels, what does it open to us but fresh mysteries, and fresh demands upon our faith and humility? First, clearly, because he set himself with intense earnestness to receive in all its vividness and distinctness the revelation that came from God. "I know in part." Yet we are here, and so circumstanced that we must do somebody's will in order to have peace; and to do it, we must know it. No glass any more, but blessed contact — actual presence. Blair, D.D. What a sweet and sublime entertainment will the enlarged mind enjoy in contemplating the wise and wondrous ways of Providence!III. The consequence is not necessary. "Face to face."1. They tell the history of the race into sin, and through sin up into redemption; and where one lets go, another takes hold, so that it is one story. Is not this like living again? So rejoicing, so hoping, so expecting, so yearning, lie cries out, "Then shall I know fully, even as also I am fully known." Cross, D.D.In this imperfect and preparatory stage of our existence we have just light sufficient to command our belief in matters essential to our salvation, to direct us in the discharge of our duties to God and to one another, and conduct us to a home where we shall see clearly and know perfectly the sublime truths which have so often baffled and perplexed our reason. We were created with all our powers of mind that we might know God. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain. That which man can understand so clearly in all its bearings, it is hardly too much to say that man might have discovered; and the absence of everything which calls for submissive faith is no weak argument against its Divine original"? Are comprehensive only of one order. We in part know something about most things, but in the light of another day we shall probably learn that our profoundest knowledge is but a small part. To us, as to him, it will bring a higher joy than any other kind of knowledge can bring. But there is a still further analogy in the practical results which follow from the existence of these mysteries, and which they were doubtless intended to effect. (2)The love of God in the gift of His Son. Our sense of religious and Divine things will then be strong, comprehensive, and clear. (1) We believe all things work together for good to them that love God; but still it is rather a matter of faith than a matter of sight with us. Our present knowledge is not only very confined and indistinct, but very uncertain also. Before I conclude, it may be proper to observe that the reasonings in this discourse give no ground to apprehend any danger of our being too much influenced by the belief of a future state. Forbearance. Instead of lamenting our condition, that we are permitted only to see as through a glass, darkly, we have reason to bless our Creator, no less for what He hath concealed than for what He hath allowed us to know. Now, we are in this one universe, and should it be strange if, when we come to the things concerning eternal verities, there should be some darkness; if nature has cast a shadow over all things here, need we stumble, or be alarmed, if concerning spiritual and eternal things we see through a glass darkly? Suppose, now, that veil to be withdrawn which conceals another world from our view. If this be true respecting the inhabitant of some other planet, must it not be equally true respecting the nature of the unseen world of spirits, and of the supreme and eternal God who reigns there? He felt deeply the tenderness of God in making known the truth. Humility.2. It is true the great and blessed God, as a pure and perfect Spirit, can never be seen with bodily eyes. 2. In the "then" condition of our being, the distance will be reduced into nearness, the attitude will be advantageous, the expression will be clear and in sight, and the powers of the soul will be strengthened and matured.2. But there the only-wise God shall unveil to us the mysteries, and exhibit to us the glories of His everlasting kingdom. The evidence which is afforded is sufficient for the conviction of a candid mind, though not so striking as to withdraw our attention from the present world, or altogether to overcome the impression of sensible objects. It will be certain and satisfying; no longer conjectural and enigmatical as it now is while we look through a glass darkly.3. The doctrines of the gospel and the mysteries of the faith. )Heaven a state of perfection in knowledgeH. God's insight is large as well as minute. The process of judgment seems to include this recognition of each other. Let these reflections not only remove the doubts which may arise from our obscure knowledge of immortality, but likewise produce the highest admiration of the wisdom of our Creator. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:1. Religion assumes him as such. If it be holy, it is always conscious of the fact. I would meet this question with another, Why are there mysteries in the works of God? Does it not afford some ground, either to tax His goodness or to suspect the evidence of its coming from Him? Though our knowledge of God will be infinitely less perfect of Him than His is of us, yet He will be known to us as real, as a fact, as we are to Him.III. "Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Thy sight!"(J. This is all we need, and all that God hath given. And now let us see how the joy of this knowledge came so to grow in the mind of St. Paul. So see how jealously St. Paul ever guards the truth. The full disclosure of that which is unseen and eternal, at present, we could bear no better than the infant of an hour could bear the unsoftened splendours of the noontide sun; nor could we possibly grasp the ample sphere of truth any more than the arms of a child could embrace the moon it so much admires, or than the ken of a cricket could sweep the solar system and comprehend the stellar universe. We are anxious to understand all mysteries and all knowledge. If, then, it knows in the style and manner that God knows, there can be no misconception or cessation in its cognition. 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