TITLE: That Which is Perfect
TEXT: I Cor. 13:8-13
PROPOSITION: The miracles by men were temporary; love is eternal in nature.
KEY WORD: Contrasts
1. The working definition of Love 4-8a
2. The duration of Love 8-13
3. Paul gives some contrasts.
1. Things that cease vs. Things that remain 8; 13
A. Things that cease = miracles through men
1. Prophecies - fail (get old - eyes or ears fail)
2. Tongues - shall cease (middle voice - on its own)
3. Knowledge - vanish away (become less frequent)
B. Things that remain (abide)
1. Faith - ends in sight Heb. 11:1; 2 Cor. 5:7
2. Hope - ends in realization Rom. 8:24
3. Love = eternal
2. In part vs. That which is perfect 9-10
A. Partial revelation - slowly, as needed
1. Can't comprehend the whole load
2. Details given later - as one matures
a. Meat offered to idols
1] Ac. 15 - No meat offered to an idol
2] 1 Cor. 8 - Just don't offend a brother
b. Child crossing street
1] Small child - "No. Do not cross street."
2] Later - "Look both ways first."
B. Perfect = full grown, mature, complete
1. Not dealing with Second coming of Christ
2. Dealing with the complete revelation of God- Bible
3. Child vs. Mature man 11
1. Talk like a child - baby talk
2. Think and understand
a. Announced - "Ladies shower Thursday"
b. Boy of 2 - "Put a shower in the bathroom."
1. Out-grow the baby talk, mentality
2. Restoration Movement - had to out-grow things
3. Start acting more mature, adult, grown-up
4. Distorted image vs. Face to face 12
A. Cloudy, hazy, wavy, spotted
B. With the full revelation -
1. Clear picture of what God expects
2. Fuller obligation to obey
3. Don't need the temporary
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