All the means and things in our earthly state are but glasses to show something unseen and spiritual above sense and our present imperfect perceptions. In casting my eye over the present assembly, I am only struck with bereavement and loss; I know not whither to turn to find some friend of my youth. Because he had known the joy of knowledge. 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. 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. Phillips Brooks. You shall see better by and by.3. 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. The copy is both defective and misleading. Phillips Brooks.What Paul prophesies for man, Christ already possesses. SOME THINGS THAT WE DO SEE NOW, WHICH WE ARE TO SEE MORE FULLY AND DISTINCTLY HEREAFTER.1. The providence of God. 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. What is human nature? THE EXTREMES OF LIFE, AS VIEWED RELATIVE TO TIME: — "now" and "then." It is sad to see what amazing ignorance there is amougst a multitude even of Christians about the great things of religion; and that not only in the deep and disputable mysteries of it, but in some of its most plain and important principles; nay, about the essential nature and most substantial truths of it, and even the plainest parts of practical religion; and this not only amongst the lowest order of men who have had no advantages of education, but among persons of a more elevated rank, who have had sufficient opportunities of being better instructed; but having no heart to improve the prize put into their hands, are apt to despise it as a very unnecessary part of learning, and neither value others the more for having it, nor themselves the less for wanting it.4. But for what was the apostle's heart yearning? )Links1 Corinthians 13:12 NIV1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT1 Corinthians 13:12 ESV1 Corinthians 13:12 NASB1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV1 Corinthians 13:12 Bible Apps1 Corinthians 13:12 Parallel1 Corinthians 13:12 Biblia Paralela1 Corinthians 13:12 Chinese Bible1 Corinthians 13:12 French Bible1 Corinthians 13:12 German Bible1 Corinthians 13:12 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)Our defective vision. Our great difficulty in religion is to know how to combine. How many difficulties in the Word of God are like this! 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. And remember also it is we who see darkly, not that the things themselves are dark. But is, then, knowledge a joy? But with all the assistance of our glass media our perception is feeble of things invisible and eternal. But our brethren, sainted and glorified in heaven, have their present beatitudes, splendours, and songs. Yes, indeed, the knowledge of God grew upon his soul because he set himself to use in their fulness and exactness all the Divine utterances of truth. That was his fundamental conviction. Then, when we go further, and consider the Christian doctrine upon she destruction and overthrow of death. If in Christ all the effects of sin shall be abolished, man will be reinstated, though with much superadded glory, in all the privileges which he originally enjoyed, and therefore with a capacity of renewing and perpetuating his communion with them, over whom "death shall have no more dominion." 1. No doubt ever crossed his mind that God could be known. 2. "I know in part." how can immensity be confined in a hand's breadth? It will be certain and satisfying; no longer conjectural and enigmatical as it now is while we look through a glass darkly.3. This is the question that Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones seeks to answer in this sermon from 1 Corinthians 4:20. The soul is the enigma of enigmas. Still less did he question the power of God to reveal Himself. THEN WE SEE ALL THINGS BY ACTUAL PRESENCE AND CONTACT. )Recognition of friends in heavenJ. 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. The powers of the human mind at present are not only weak, but miserably confined and cramped in their operations by the union of the soul with a crazy and corruptible body.3. The science of all sciences is the knowledge of God. 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. The first is illustrated by two comparisons. Our future organs of vision will be very much the same as "now"; but how greatly developed and improved no mortal may know. B. Owen, M.A. "Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Thy sight!"(J. 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. We are in a world full of mystery. It is a matter of congratulation that we do see, though we have much cause for diffidence, because we do but "see through a glass darkly." You may again meet them, advanced in knowledge and perfect in bliss.(H. 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