Then: face to face

In the New Heaven and the New Earth, we will not need teachers, because we will know fully even as we are fully known. We will not need healing, because we will live in bodies that are unable to experience illness. We will not need hospitality, because we will always be at home. We will not need gifts of mercy, because all of our needs will be provided for. And we will not need the gift of faith, because we will see him as he is. This is what Paul anticipates: face to face, with the risen Christ, embracing him only with love. Everything partial will be removed until the influence of the perfect reaches every surface of the renovated cosmos, and love will shine with warmth on every hill of the New Jerusalem. Paul wants the Corinthians to view every aspect of their life and calling, even spiritual gifts, in light of this eternal perspective.

Love Gives Life, 55

About Evan May

Evan May is a student at Reformed Theological Seminary and a pastor at Lakeview Christian Center in New Orleans.
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