And secondly tongues without love are simply noise, like a clanging cymbal. Note —I. If a parted spirit and a living man could be mutually recognised, then it is even more probable if both individuals had departed they could equally recognise each other. But with all the assistance of our glass media our perception is feeble of things invisible and eternal. How often is the vision distorted by passion or guilty remembrance! There is not the least particle of matter we see, or the least dust of earth we tread on, but what puzzles the most penetrating and philosophic minds. If man had not sinned, the union of earthly attachments and relationships, for aught we now, had been immortal. Spurgeon. )Partial knowledgeStems and Twigs.I. Instead of resting upon evidence which requires discussion, he demands the everlasting mansions to be so displayed, if in truth such mansions there be, as to place faith on a level with the evidence of sense. "To what end, now," perhaps you will be apt to say, "have you given us this very diminutive view of human knowledge? It is an advancement which is comprehensive of all requisite life. (Dean Vaughan. His attributes.3. In neither instance will it be necessary, as it generally is in this life, to make a special effort and a particular examination, in order to know the personal character. The doctrines of the gospel and the mysteries of the faith. The few cannot procure it for the many, or the many for the few.2. However all scholars agree that spiritual gifts are temporal whilst love is eternal. It is the advancement of the good and true in life — from the childhood of weakness to the manhood of strength.3. Again, in Luke 13:28, it is stated as one of the peculiar aggravations of the anguish of lost souls that they should recognise in the realms of glory those who had not been so highly favoured as themselves.3. Faith to be exercised.2. To see ourselves is one of the first steps in true religion. 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. Without charity, we make nothing, are nothing, and profiteth in nothing. Might we not say, "The Supreme Being would surely never have interfered to instruct His people, where their own natural powers might have proved a sufficient guide. Where would be the special consolation in the father's being lost to the child, as the child had been lost to the father, if death were the final extinction of the power of recognition and recovery each of the other?2. Here, then, we have a glimpse into the nature of our eternal existence. His curiosity; his simplicity; his ready acquiescence in such explanations as he may receive upon the subjects of his inquiries: his cheerful confidence in his instructors, and his willing obedience to their injunctions.(T. Even with this dim, imperfect mirror there are degrees of seeing. It is so compact and self-sustaining, that it has defied the sharpest criticism of eighteen centuries. A cup of cold water given to a disciple in the name of Jesus shall not be without its reward. Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? Is it not rather the demonstration that we are under the administration of one God. ... Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:15–21. Hughes. Each handout has the scripture printed out, as well as lines for the congregation to take notes during the study. Because we are sure that in heaven there will be nothing wanting to perfect the happiness of a glorified spirit.2. This, he will tell us, requires not any long or deep deliberation. Then, then indeed, the joy of knowing God will grow more and more upon you. You cannot conceive of that which is perfect in heaven without the most entire acquiescence, in what God has arranged, or what God has suffered.(R. The forms of our religion must undergo incessant change; its essence abides, for the spirit of Jesus is the essence of Christianity. 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. Those desires and fears, those hopes and interests, by which we are at present stimulated, would cease to operate. Heaven.II. I push the mystery perhaps one step, and taking that step, I plunge again into the darkness, to ride on as my fathers have been riding through all the past, unsoothed by definitions, and formulas. He accounts it to be a grace far more excellent than any of the spiritual gifts of which he had just … We speak of it as if forgetting that it is only future to us. Posted on February 7, 2013 by revalli. Note —I. "Face to face."1. THE CONTRARY CONCLUSION IMPLIES A DESTRUCTION WHICH IS QUITE OPPOSITE TO THE DEALINGS OF GOD WITH OUR NATURE. 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"? Ainger, M.A. 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. No, he had known God personally, something as one friend knows another; nay, in a manner more intimate. Where did it come from? There it is; fifteen hundred years in the shop being made, written by forty different men, separated, as far as possible, both in station and in culture. Are comprehensive only of one order. Present themselves very differently to our conviction and faith. The knowledge of the saved will be increasing throughout eternity.II. We are as yet in our non-age, and but children in understanding. Their very names would be unknown. In this state we behold spiritual objects through a glass. Besides, we have no time to waste while there is so much work to do.4. 2. Ourselves. W. Shedd, D.D. 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. And hence it is that multitudes form no notion at all concerning the objects of abstract science, whilst some are very dubious in the right, and others very confident in the wrong. Is not this the secret of the growth of knowledge of God — the getting clearly before the soul the things that He has taught? They have only seen the flattering image of themselves. The wonders of heaven.So shall "we know even as we are known." Our fathers worshipped in this mountain. B. Owen, M.A.I. He desires only to have his view enlarged beyond the limits of this corporeal state. But all his faculties being sublimated above the measure of humanity, he would be in the condition of a being of superior order, who, obliged to reside among men, would regard their pursuits with scorn, as dreams, trifles, and puerile amusements of a day. But the unhappiness of it is that these glasses, though very excellent in themselves, are often obscured and spoiled by the mists of errors, passions, and prejudices which hang upon them, and make them unable to penetrate through the darkness which lies between them and the distant objects they are intended to descry, which render our sight of those objects very obscure and indistinct. W. Shedd, D.D.A moment's reflection will convince any one that the article and fact of death must of itself make a vast accession to the amount of a man's knowledge, because death introduces him into an entirely new state of existence. Human life would present no objects sufficient to rouse the mind, to kindle the spirit of enterprise, or to urge the hand of industry. But we know that God sees them in one. Let us, then, walk by faith, Let us strengthen this principle of action to the utmost of our power.(H. (3)The righteousness of God's moral government.(T. In all three of the body passages in Paul’s letters, there is an emphasis on love. 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. Face to face implies a person: "The glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."2. And it will be comprehensive. And if this be so with all forms of mere earthly knowledge, must it not be far more so with heavenly knowledge? THE EXTREMES OF LIFE, AS VIEWED RELATIVE TO TIME: — "now" and "then." Would not such a change prove the highest blessing to man? "O grave, where is thy victory?" If we are true to love in the little world we govern, it cannot well be doubtful that He is true to love in the vast world He governs. But in heaven we shall see, as we have not yet seen, how desperate a mischief was the fall, and the blackness of sin as we have never seen it here. It would be an inconvenience for us to know here as much as we shall know in heaven. From the constitutional sociality of our nature, that renders such an expectation as our mutual recognition hereafter conducive to our happiness, heaven being the scene where all the innocent sources that contribute to felicity would be probably accumulated.2. Shall we not think of the means of our conversion — what we have done for others — what others have done for us? Our sense of religious and Divine things will then be strong, comprehensive, and clear. A voice has said to him, "Come up hither and I will show thee things which must be hereafter." THE EXTREMES OF LIFE, AS VIEWED RELATIVE TO TIME: — "now" and "then." 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. But all his faculties being sublimated above the measure of humanity, he would be in the condition of a being of superior order, who, obliged to reside among men, would regard their pursuits with scorn, as dreams, trifles, and puerile amusements of a day. Love is never glad when others get involved in evil, but love is always glad when people are walking in the truth. But we must not think that the soul is capable of no distinct and clear perceptions but what it receives by means of bodily organs. The consequence is not necessary. If a parted spirit and a living man could be mutually recognised, then it is even more probable if both individuals had departed they could equally recognise each other. "Then" — when time and change and varying seasons are past — then, when the alternations of cloud and sunshine are over — when doubt, and difficulty, and perplexity have been left behind — then I shall know fully. 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. Here we are in the universe; somebody brought us here; we did not make ourselves; we cannot trace our pedigree back through the ages. Our sphere of knowledge will then be vastly enlarged.3. But with all the assistance of our glass media our perception is feeble of things invisible and eternal. (1) We know there is a Church of God, but there we shall know something more of the numbers of the chosen than we do now, it may be to our intense surprise. Checking our inquisitive solicitude about what the Almighty hath concealed, let us diligently improve what He hath made known. Consider the nature and circumstances of man. The guilty receives it with fear, the innocent with joy.2. I. In a word, he would be no longer a fit inhabitant of this world, nor be qualified for those exertions which are allotted to him in his present sphere of being. A wonderful document! But such a solution of the difficulty will be thought imperfect. Shall there be those whom we ourselves remember? We were created with all our powers of mind that we might know God. Foreign travel adds much to our stock of ideas, because we go into regions of the earth of which we had known only by the hearing of the ear. 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. (1) We have been taught to see our ruin in the fall and our actual sinfulness. And what is the Bible but a glass of the Divine and spiritual in man and the universe? No doubt ever crossed his mind that God could be 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. Have in them all provided and possible for us. I cannot fathom it. This speedy progress in knowledge we shall make, not only a few years, but to all eternity.(J. We shall see Jesus.6. And again, he adjures those to whom he writes, " by our gathering together unto Jesus Christ." It would be an inconvenience for us to know here as much as we shall know in heaven. I do not know how it was inspired; but there is the fact. The application of the same limit to the revelations contained in His Word is sufficiently obvious. Are dependent upon each other. The hidden mysteries of nature which now lie too deep for our ken, and baffle all our most exquisite and laborious research, will then lie open to our view, and we shall have an intuitive knowledge of what it now costs us the study of an age to attain an imperfect notice of.5. No doubt many of these things will be more clearly revealed. And hence it is that multitudes form no notion at all concerning the objects of abstract science, whilst some are very dubious in the right, and others very confident in the wrong. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. His vision has reached the innermost shrine. So with us. To us, as to him, it will bring a higher joy than any other kind of knowledge can bring. When standing near the grave of Bethany, our Lord says, "Thy brother shall rise again"; was it that that brother was to be absorbed and lost in the myriads of spirits; so that the sisters who had lately laid him in the grave should see him and know him no more?4. — too much in it for us to comprehend; full of mysteries, yet so simple and plain in most of its parts, that it has been the food of the common people for all the centuries. It is a mode of existence in which the rational mind "knows even as it is known." How much more of authentic truth shall we discern when the mists and shadows have dissolved; and how much more shall we understand when raised to that higher sphere and endowed with brighter faculties none of us can tell.5. The imperfections of our senses, the weakness and afflictions of our minds and bodies, the cares and anxieties of life, the want of means, the shortness of life, and other obstructions, are things which prevent our knowledge being anything but very partial. Our present knowledge is not only very confined and indistinct, but very uncertain also. In the power of the Holy Ghost press into an ever closer union with the living Christ till He lives more wholly in you and you more wholly in Him. Little indeed could these eyes bear of the beatific vision, yet we have reason to expect that, as far as creatures can bear the sight of the infinite Creator, we shall be permitted to see God.II. "But then face to face." Might we not say, "The Supreme Being would surely never have interfered to instruct His people, where their own natural powers might have proved a sufficient guide. But not only angels triumph in the victory of their brethren from the flesh; St. John (Revelation 7:13) tells us of "one of the elders," i.e., an Old Testament saint, who was perfectly acquainted with the persons and the antecedent trials of some triumphant souls. The pure in heart shall see God. We speak of it as if forgetting that it is only future to us. Are we not ready to cry out ,gain and again with the apostle, "We know only in part"? And if this be so with all forms of mere earthly knowledge, must it not be far more so with heavenly knowledge? Phillips Brooks.What Paul prophesies for man, Christ already possesses. John Piper Jul 13, 1980 101 Shares Sermon. It gives us power to endure in anything. We were created with all our powers of mind that we might know God. Our great difficulty in religion is to know how to combine. We shall know holy intelligences as they shall know us. II. (2)Want of proper activity and culture.2. The mass of men have never seen themselves. We shall then meet with no more avocations to divert us from the pursuit of knowledge.6. The enlarged powers of our mind will then be free from all their present encumbrances.4. 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. THEN WE SEE ALL THINGS BY ACTUAL PRESENCE AND CONTACT. This may refer to the extent or objects of our knowledge. THEN WE SEE ALL THINGS BY ACTUAL PRESENCE AND CONTACT. That knowledge has grown upon him more and more since the day when the pleading voice of his Lord broke in upon him with the question, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?" What a sweet and sublime entertainment will the enlarged mind enjoy in contemplating the wise and wondrous ways of Providence!III. Surely, then, the analogy between the mysteries of the material universe and the revealed Word of God; the rules which appear to hold respecting both; and the practical results to which both are calculated to lead, would teach us to ascribe them to one gracious and incomprehensible Author, and to acquiesce in them, without one shadow of misgiving or inquisitive discontent. The glorified saints shall know God —. But is, then, knowledge a joy? But if we turn our thoughts to other worlds and other species of created beings (of which, without doubt, there are innumerable), all under the wise care and government of the same Almighty and Universal Monarch who is the daily object of our adoration, how do we blush and mourn under our present ignorance, and look upon ourselves and all our knowledge comparatively as nothing, and less than nothing, and vanity!III. Present themselves very differently to our conviction and faith. 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. W. Shedd, D.D. Let us, then, second the kind intentions of Providence, and act upon the plan which it hath pointed out. The authority which demands certain things "now" will be in force and unchanged "then"; nor will the essential powers of man be different "then" to what they are "now."6. Ainger, M.A. Wilfulness.3. The providence of God. It is a relief, in considering that universal perception which we shall take of others, and others shall take of us, to institute the inquiry, Will Christian friends then meet — will they recognise each other? But in our future state not only win our perceptions be more acute and perfect, we shall not be subject to delusions and illusions, which so much confuse and mar our perceptions in this world.3. Love is important. Ainger, M.A. So see how jealously St. Paul ever guards the truth. This, he will tell us, requires not any long or deep deliberation. "Look to yourselves, that ye receive a full reward." It is true the great and blessed God, as a pure and perfect Spirit, can never be seen with bodily eyes. And if we know so little of material, how much less do we know of spiritual substances, which we have much fewer helps and opportunities of being acquainted with! "O grave, where is thy victory?" Pride starts in the heart then reveals itself in arrogance before others. God's insight is large as well as minute. Hopefulness. In this also, "Whosoever hath, to him shall be given." "Look to yourselves, that ye receive a full reward." Now, this implies that all that death has done of evil and of pain shall be compensated. The situation, therefore, here assigned him was such as to answer this design by calling forth all his active powers, by giving full scope to his moral dispositions, and bringing to light his whole character. 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. There it is; fifteen hundred years in the shop being made, written by forty different men, separated, as far as possible, both in station and in culture. No doubt many of these things will be more clearly revealed. If we turn but our eyes to the government of this lower world, we are soon lost in the mazes of infinite wisdom, and can never in the least conceive how good can arise from so much visible evil, order out of so much confusion, and beauty out of so much deformity. )Heaven a state of perfection in knowledgeH. The process of judgment seems to include this recognition of each other. We see only the outside of things, their external properties, their dimensions, form, figure, and colour; but as to their essence or internal substance, the cohesion of their constituent parts, and the laws of that cohesion, we can give no account at all of them. And when our mental powers shall be unconfined, enlarged, and improved, as we are sure they will be in heaven (and we know not but there may be new faculties superadded, suitable to the new objects of contemplation), we shall then as distinctly and clearly discern and contemplate spiritual and invisible objects, as we now do material ones by an eye of sense.2. But that conviction involved another. In this state of things we see nothing perfectly clear. 1 Corinthians 12:31 introduces chapter 13. Phillips Brooks.What Paul prophesies for man, Christ already possesses. "Then we shall know as now we are known." Nature, like the man who gave the empty casket to the highwayman and kept the jewels, has given us names and kept the secret — the power. That was his fundamental conviction. David, indeed, proposes an express comfort to himself from such an expectation, when bereaved of his child (2 Samuel 12:29, etc.). We shall see Jesus.6. Here we are at a distance from many of the things we long to know something of, but there we shall be nearer to them. To allow more than this, to pamper an unseemly and useless curiosity, would not be in agreement with the unfathomable wisdom of Him who does nothing in vain. But further than this, they also indirectly serve to promote the acquirement of most important truths. This is by far the most important part of the new acquisition which we gain by the passage from time to eternity, and it is to this that the apostle directs attention in the text. Gospel with unsaved foreigners visiting the Churches be true and right, and the `` then ''... 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