THEN WE SEE ALL THINGS BY ACTUAL PRESENCE AND CONTACT. 1 Corinthians 8:1b Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. 2. There is something behind the thought; here is the mystery it cannot touch at all.2. The glory of God.2. We look at the "then" through promises and hope. Blair, D.D.Was such an obscure and imperfect discovery of another life worthy to proceed from God? Transforming.4. We were created with all our powers of mind that we might know God. (1) It is partial. What noble and happy effects, he exclaims, would instantly follow, if man thus beheld his present and his future existence at once before him! ALTHOUGH WE SEE DARKLY, WE DO SEE SOMETHING. If we brought candles in they would not show what it was; but if we look at it to-morrow morning we shall be able to tell. )Present knowledge partial but suffcientJ. That there are mysteries both in nature and revelation, affords therefore some presumption that, since in this respect at least the systems are not opposed to each other, both may have the same author. Paul is saying that even if I could speak with the tongues of men and angels without love I simply make a loud noise for a moment. In a word, the whole course of things is so ordered that we neither, by an irregular and precipitate education, become men too soon, nor, by a fond and trifling indulgence, be suffered to continue children for ever. )Partial knowledgeStems and Twigs.I. 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. Will He not come out to me? It will be a revelation of a love personal to yourself in the light of which you will live.(R. I would meet this question with another, Why are there mysteries in the works of God? And why? How often are we perplexed, entangled, and bewildered by our own prejudices and those of others, whereby we are often turned aside from the right path of wisdom, and put upon a wrong scent. The "then" of life is dependent upon the "now" of it as to its fact and character. What are the characteristics of a good and intelligent child? Besides, the atmosphere of heaven is so much clearer than this. 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. Old Testament (1. 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. No glass any more, but blessed contact — actual presence. live, move, act, speak, think as in His sacred, loving, penetrating presence. 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. Ainger, M.A. As they and we are but part of the same family, and they the most perfect, their knowledge of us appears to be a natural conclusion. Here all finite faculties are entirely swallowed up, like a drop in the ocean, and we are lost in astonishment at the poverty of our powers.2. what knowledge of the world or men can be expected from one who hath lived all his life in a dungeon?4. Kelly. False teaching.3. I used to call it coal: and yet my soul is fed no more by carbon than it was by coal. But think of the happiness of the heavenly world. The mode of perception. Our knowledge is not only partial, but very indistinct. It shall be in that kingdom of glory where we shall no longer see through a glass darkly, but face to face; where we shall not know in part, but know even as we are known. 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. Then, when we go further, and consider the Christian doctrine upon she destruction and overthrow of death. )Now and thenC. What can so forcibly inculcate humility as the experimental proof of our own ignorance and infirmity? Indeed, I do not know why I am cold or why I am warm; but I know when I am cold and when I am warm. Will He not come out to me? The structure of the natural world affords innumerable instances of profound design, which no attentive spectator can survey without wonder. The future, then, is a mode of existence in which the soul "knows even as it is known." Astronomy only magnifies the mystery. For we not only see through a glass, but darkly. Church services became unruly and out of order. 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. 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. Beatifying.5. But this presumption is strengthened when we trace the analogy further, and consider the rules which seem to hold alike in the mysteries of nature and in those of revelation. (1)The enormity of sin. For ah! Notice how Paul takes up some of the spiritual gifts of 1 Corinthians 12:8–10 and shows their emptiness apart from love. We all see darkly enough — the clearest-sighted of us — but sometimes there is a film upon the eye of the observer as well as upon the mirror. Viewed as a part of an entire whole, its discrepancies are corrected, its mysteries partially solved, and its significance and importance immeasurably enhanced. (1) We see by means of a mirror; that is to say, it is a reflection of truth we have at present, not the very truth itself. It shall be in that kingdom of glory where we shall no longer see through a glass darkly, but face to face; where we shall not know in part, but know even as we are known. So I walk along quietly after her, and say, What is oxygen, what is carbon? 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. Our great difficulty in religion is to know how to combine. In such evidence it becomes us to acquiesce, without indulging either doubts or complaints. 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