"Then we shall know as now we are known." No doubt many of these things will be more clearly revealed. And again, he adjures those to whom he writes, " by our gathering together unto Jesus Christ." Viewed as a part of an entire whole, its discrepancies are corrected, its mysteries partially solved, and its significance and importance immeasurably enhanced. It may, perhaps, not give much satisfaction to show that all religion abounds with difficulties of a like nature. In this also, "Whosoever hath, to him shall be given." RESPONSIBILITY I Corinthians 4:1-2 INTRODUCTION In this passage we have the true view of the minister of God. Besides, the atmosphere of heaven is so much clearer than this. I used to call it coal: and yet my soul is fed no more by carbon than it was by coal. 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. Not that the things themselves are uncertain, but it is uncertain whether the persons that boast the greater knowledge of them do form a conception of them that is certainly right, especially considering the medium they look through — that is, the lusts, passions, and prejudices with which they are beset.4. 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. 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." But is, then, knowledge a joy? The Bible stands like a waymark, pointing the pilgrim to the celestial city, but furnishing him no needless information concerning either the country of his sojourn or the scenery of his destination. Love always leads to victory! "I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me." The advancement which is outside our conscious knowledge must be outside our will, faith, and activity, for the thing that is written there we have in common with them. From our enlarged capacities of knowledge and enjoyment in a future state.3. In the first place, they are matters which we are not qualified to understand; and in the second, they would not profit us at all, in our present state of existence, even if we could understand them. It is remarkable that mysteries sensibly multiply as knowledge increases. A CRIME, when owing to —1. W. Hamilton, D.D. 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. Will all remembrance of that world which we have left be suspended? But when God's full revelation was completed the mirror would give a clear reflection. Ourselves. 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. ; 1 Thessalonians 2:19; Hebrews 13:17). "I answer —1. Mason, A.M.)The perfection of our future knowledgeJ. 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. Mutual defence and interest give rise to society; and society, when formed, requires distinctions of property, diversity of conditions, subordinations of ranks, and a multiplicity of occupations, in order to advance the general good. 6. They have only seen the flattering image of themselves. The present life is but a side, necessitating, to its completeness, another side. Mason, A.M.I. In the moral world, where the workmanship is of much finer and more delicate contexture, subjects of still greater admiration open to view. )The imperfection of our present knowledgeJ. Because we are sure that in heaven there will be nothing wanting to perfect the happiness of a glorified spirit.2. The guilty receives it with fear, the innocent with joy.2. AN ARGUMENT for —1. Each a riddle.2. From our enlarged capacities of knowledge and enjoyment in a future state. Then shall we begin to know ourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. We must think of heaven as aa existing reality. But our brethren, sainted and glorified in heaven, have their present beatitudes, splendours, and songs. 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. It is a world of knowledge — of conscious knowledge. 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. And yet, to teach us, as it would almost seem, how very limited our knowledge is, and how much there is to be believed which cannot be understood, these very inquiries into our own mental actions and endowments, appear to be, of all others, the least attended with any conclusive or satisfactory results. All causes of ignorance and error will then be entirely removed. There is a reason for that in the discipline we need. His works of creation.4. We shall then meet with no more avocations to divert us from the pursuit of knowledge.6. In this state we behold spiritual objects through a glass. 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. Our faculties shall ever be in vigorous exercise, never requiring to be relaxed, always penetrating and active; our imaginations ever unclouded; our memories never losing the knowledge we have acquired. Are we not ready to cry out ,gain and again with the apostle, "We know only in part"? Heaven.II. The "now" and "then" of life —. Mason, M.A. In this state of things we see nothing perfectly clear. (1) Day fades away into night, the night blossoms out into day; the stars walk up and down the vault of night. Yet somehow these forty men tell one story, and so telling it, that as we read it we feel that it is true, because they got one inspiration. (1) Day fades away into night, the night blossoms out into day; the stars walk up and down the vault of night. All the past crowds the present, and will follow us, in some form or other, to the future. The small group session this week is called "The Big Picture." It plainly appears to be the plan of the Deity, in all His dispensations, to mix light with darkness, evidence with uncertainty. You may again meet them, advanced in knowledge and perfect in bliss.(H. Transforming.4. 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? Are we not ready to cry out ,gain and again with the apostle, "We know only in part"? And what is the Bible but a glass of the Divine and spiritual in man and the universe? "(Clerical World. False teaching.3. 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? 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. THE SCRIPTURAL ARGUMENT.1. Jesus says, "As God knows me, even so I do now know God." From our enlarged capacities of knowledge and enjoyment in a future state.3. Outside we have nothing; here we do have something. 2 Corinthians 12:3-4 says this: And I know such a man whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows - How he was caught up into Paradise and hear inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for man to utter. We see through a glass. And this certainty of a future knowledge was itself a present knowledge.2. It will be distinct and clear; no longer confused and obscure as it now is while we look through a glass. But that conviction involved another. Immediate and intuitive. 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. There are persons of such sluggish and unthinking habits that thy live constantly in the midst of marvels without ever bestowing a thought upon them; and yet these very men who take all for granted, and never even appear to be aware of these everyday miracles, are apt, all at once, to grow scrupulous and over-cautious, and to demand proofs such as cannot be supplied, when they are called to give their assent to the mysteries of inspiration. Forbearance. Here below, not only the body of flesh, but still more the body of sin, darkens our understandings. 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. But we know that God sees them in one. In order to do justice to the subject, I must observe that the same reasoning which has been now employed with respect to our knowledge of immortality is equally applicable to many other branches of intellectual knowledge. BUT WE DO SEE SOMETHING. In the first place, they are matters which we are not qualified to understand; and in the second, they would not profit us at all, in our present state of existence, even if we could understand them. and I know no more than I did before. "That I may rejoice in the day of the Lord that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain." And yet that ,all things under the government of God are well and wisely managed we cannot doubt. Then shall we begin to know ourselves. THE EXTREMES OF LIFE, AS VIEWED RELATIVE TO TIME: — "now" and "then." 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. Then, when we go further, and consider the Christian doctrine upon she destruction and overthrow of death. "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child." His works of creation.4. That holy, humble, upright souls, who have had but few means and opportunities of attaining knowledge, may not be too much discouraged under a consciousness of their present ignorance.(J. Yesterday it was a weakling, with only a dozen followers; to-day it masters all the peoples of the earth and brings them toward itself.(Bp. The first is illustrated by two comparisons. You now lament that you know so little of God and the Redeemer; wait till the light of eternity shall burst upon your view, and then you "shall know even as you are known."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. "How cruel is Providence!" (1) We have been taught to see our ruin in the fall and our actual sinfulness. 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. But what has been a more bitter consequence of death than bereavement? We shall see Jesus.6. 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? )Partial knowledgeStems and Twigs.I. Every past revelation has brought to him an increase of faith, of hope, of love, of peace, of happiness, and joy, and has taught him to realise more fully what will be the exceeding bliss of the complete revelation of God to those who are brought to see Him face to face. Oh! Remove that obscurity, and you remove human virtue from its place. 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. His works of Providence.5. Hence it became proper that difficulty and temptation should arise in the course of his duty. Is calculated to animate Christians and comfort them. "Now I know in part, but then shall I know fully, even as also I am fully 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. Is not this like living again? It will be certain and satisfying; no longer conjectural and enigmatical as it now is while we look through a glass darkly.3. Their very names would be unknown. One mountain-peak is the fact of revelation itself. As well might the babe of yesterday exercise his faculties on the higher problems of nature, as men attempt to estimate the wisdom, love, and mercy that shine in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It will be certain and satisfying; no longer conjectural and enigmatical as it now is while we look through a glass darkly.3. The mystery does not consist in any ambiguity of language, but in the nature of the subject; not in the teacher, but in the small ability of the scholar. Sola Scriptura. 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. This is not a barren speculation; it is that which surely has engaged every thinking mind and every susceptible heart. Our great difficulty in religion is to know how to combine. No doubt ever crossed his mind that God could be known. 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. The main evidence of maturity in the Christian life is a growing love for God and for God’s people, as … "(2) We shall there, perhaps, discover that wars, pestilences, and earthquakes are, after all, necessary cogs in the great wheel of the Divine machinery; and He who sits upon the throne at this moment will then make it manifest to us that His government was right.4. 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