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Heaven a State of Perfection in Knowledge.

Heaven a State of Perfection in Knowledge.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

BY HENRY KOLLOCK, D. D,



1 Corinthians xiii. 12.

For noiv toe see through a glass darkly, but then face to
face : now I know in part, but then shall I know even
as also I am known.

BY HENRY KOLLOCK, D. D,



1 Corinthians xiii. 12.

For noiv toe see through a glass darkly, but then face to
face : now I know in part, but then shall I know even
as also I am known.

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HEAVE A STATE OF PERFECTIO I KOWLEDGE.BY HERY KOLLOCK, D. D,1 Corinthians xiii. 12.For noiv toe see through a glass darkly, but then face toface : now I know in part, but then shall I know evenas also I am known.Oh ! how cheering and animating is it to theChristian to look above this world of ignorance, of sin, and of sorrow, to that kingdom of light, of holi-ness, and of joy, in which he hopes to dwell for ever.There he will find the perfection of the intellectual,the moral, and the social life. It is to the first of these that our thoughts are directed by the text.Come then, and let us meditate on that immortalstate where our intellectual powers will appear wor-thy their high original, and the most pure and exaltedhappiness flow from the discovery and contempla-tion of the sublimest truths.In the preceding verse the apostle declares thatour highest attainments in knowledge in this world,when compared with the light of the world to come,are only as the trifling and incorrect conceptions of childhood to the mature powers of the man whoseMISCELLAEOUS, 89wind has been strengthened by reasoning, observa-tion, and experience.ow, (he adds in the text) we see indistinctly andobscurely, as though we viewed distant objects only
 
by their reflections in a mirror ; but then " face toface," as we fixedly contemplate the countenance of a friend with whom we converse : "- ow we know"in part ;" we have but a slight acquaintance with Godor his works ; but " then we shall know even as weare known :" our knowledge will in a degree re-semble that which God has of us ; not derived mere-ly from reasoning, deduction, or testimony, but fromintuition ; not wavering and mingled with error, butfree from all doubt and mistake.That we may be more deeply affected with thecontemplation of this part of the future felicity, let us,I. Attend to some considerations which show thehigh attainments that we shall then make.II. Inquire what will be the principal objects of ourknowledge.III. What will be its chief properties.I. There are many considerations which show howvast will be the attainments of the glorified spirit.1. All causes of ignorance and error will then be en-tirely removed. The animal part of our nature is herea clog, an incumbrance, frequently checking us inour pursuit of truth. The feebleness, the languor,the decaj', the sicknesses of the body, often check our meditations, arrest the flights of the soul, andweigh it down to earth. But at death, the soulshakes off these fetters, and springs into liberty andlight, and can range ''.rough the boundless fields of knowledge that are opened to it, unretarded by thefrailties, the imperfections, or the exhaustion of itscompanion. And at the resurrection, the body thatvol, in. 12
 
90 SERMO LXXX.it receives will be spiritual, calculated to assist it inall its exercises. It shall be like the glorified bodyof our Lord ; with senses that shall never, as in thisworld, deceive us ; that shall not, as here below, beconfined within a narrow sphere of operation ; butshall in their action be enlarged in a degree propor-tioned to the expansion of the soul.Here below, not only the body of flesh, but stillmore the body of sin, darkens our understandings :" Because we are alienated from God, there is igno-rance within us, and blindness in our minds." Herenumberless prejudices, resulting from education, fromthe incidents of our lives, from the persons withwhom we associate, from party or from interest, ob-struct the admission of light into our souls. Hereour passions destroy that tranquillity of mind neces-sary for the discovery of truth, disguise it from us,and lead us astray. Here the objects of sense divertour mind. The cares of this world, the necessity otproviding for our support, our temporal callings, ourrelations in life, engross our attention. But in hea-ven, sin, utterly abolished, will no longer becloudour minds ; prejudices will be eradicated, and all ob- jects be viewed in their real character; the passions,refined, purified, and directed to their proper object,will only aid us in the pursuit of truth ; and the caresand pleasures of a world which we have left, and whicheven if they were present, would shrivel into nothingbefore the overpowering glories of heaven, can nolonger affect us.2. There our intellectual faculties will be greatlystrengthened. We see that they are capable of con-tinual progression. Trace the expansion of thefeeble powers of a child, until this child becomes a

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