Let us be very thankful for all we do see. "I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me." )Now and thenC. It may, perhaps, not give much satisfaction to show that all religion abounds with difficulties of a like nature. We look at the "then" through promises and hope. Suppose, now, that veil to be withdrawn which conceals another world from our view. B. Owen, M.A. Sadly, they weren't content with their own. (1) Day fades away into night, the night blossoms out into day; the stars walk up and down the vault of night. He desires only to have his view enlarged beyond the limits of this corporeal state. You shall see better by and by.3. Forbearance. Gratitude. Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? The "then" inspires us in our present discouragements, or depresses us in its anticipation. 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. Yes, wriggle before they existed. Religion assumes him as such. Glorious and surprising then will be the new discoveries we shall make in the works of God. Is it in our glasses or our way of using them, or in a deficiency in our spiritual perception? God permits, and science enables us to learn, just so much with regard to the heavenly bodies, their orbits, and variations, as may in any way conduce to the enlargement of our understanding, or our general well-being. I do not know how it was inspired; but there is the fact. That is the power I want, and not the name. Then, like the queen of Sheba, we shall find that "not the half has been told us. The doctrines of the gospel and the mysteries of the faith. God has declared something of Himself by His prophets and apostles. But put the case that the plans devised by human wisdom were to take place, and that the rewards of the just were to be more fully displayed to view, the exercise of all those graces which I have mentioned would be entirely superseded. Inability to learn.II. What joy, what exultation, what ardour, what longing there is in these words! 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. Human life would present no objects sufficient to rouse the mind, to kindle the spirit of enterprise, or to urge the hand of industry. My poor heart cries out for the power behind this. (2) We know but in part even those few things that do fall within the compass of our present knowledge. So see how jealously St. Paul ever guards the truth. 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. 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. (3) But there are men who apprehend the reality of things which come darkly, and feel that there is a substance back of those shadows. Like another St. John, a "door has been opened to him in heaven." WHAT WILL BE ITS CHIEF PROPERTIES. 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? The future, then, is a mode of existence in which the soul "knows even as it is known." Then will he look up to his original with perpetual adoration and joy, and live up to the dignity of an intelligent and immortal being, made for the honour of his great Creator, in whose praise and service all his powers will be for ever delightfully employed.3. How often is the vision distorted by passion or guilty remembrance! The wonders of heaven.So shall "we know even as we are known." Amen Words. And so I dig down to the earth for this giant whose arms are so long and whose grip is so almighty, but I do not find him; and after my weary search I sit back in despair, muttering "Gravity!" It was not only because he had been so careful to receive the revelation that comes from God that the knowledge of God had grown in the soul of the apostle. )Now and thenC. And again, he adjures those to whom he writes, " by our gathering together unto Jesus Christ." But with all the assistance of our glass media our perception is feeble of things invisible and eternal. A voice has said to him, "Come up hither and I will show thee things which must be hereafter." II. 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. We must suppose that God blots out some of the exercises of the recollection. And "what I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter."II. Prayerlessness.2. Is calculated to animate Christians and comfort them. 4. The revelation we now have suits us as me, clad in our poor mortal bodies; the revelation then will suit us as immortal spirits.2. SOME OF THE VARIOUS OBJECTS OF IT.1. But this involves a perception in which there is no error, and no intermission. As they know us in our trials, so shall we know them in their joys. But put the case that the plans devised by human wisdom were to take place, and that the rewards of the just were to be more fully displayed to view, the exercise of all those graces which I have mentioned would be entirely superseded. H. Checking our inquisitive solicitude about what the Almighty hath concealed, let us diligently improve what He hath made known. Our knowledge of Divine and religious things in general is exceedingly defective. Inquiry to be evoked.3. All the past crowds the present, and will follow us, in some form or other, to the future. But with all the assistance of our glass media our perception is feeble of things invisible and eternal. Truth is infinite, and its study is to occupy the redeemed intellect for ever, and its discovery or development is to constitute one of the chief elements of our endless felicity; but what must be the vastness and variety of that knowledge which is constantly to afford fresh interest to the employments of eternity! Those who do not see now even "through a glass darkly," shall never see face to face.2. But further than this, they also indirectly serve to promote the acquirement of most important truths. WHENCE IT IS THAT ALL OUR BEST ATTAINMENTS IN KNOWLEDGE ARE AT PRESENT SO VERY POOR AND DEFECTIVE.1. Our experience is all in the "now." No, he had known God personally, something as one friend knows another; nay, in a manner more intimate. 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