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When the Perfect Comes

In heaven we'll experience an unending life in God's unlimited joy and love.


We have been going through 1 Corinthians, chapters 12 through 14, and we have been studying the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts. We saw the preeminence of love and how it should take priority in everything we do and say. Without love, spiritual gifts are worse than worthless; they are dangerous. It's important that we understand, embrace, and appreciate the reality of love in the life of the body of Christ.

Today we are going to look at 1 Corinthians 13:8-13:

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

There are more misconceptions among Christians about heaven than perhaps any other topic in Scripture. My earthly father passed away when I was thirty-two years old. He was much too young, and so was I. He entered into heaven upon his death. We call this the intermediate state. It is called the intermediate state because it is a transitional period between life now in this world and life in the age to come, when we will be resurrected and glorified. My dad is in an immaterial state. He is a spirit, conscious and alive in the presence of Christ, as are all believers who have died in faith in the Lord Jesus.

We oftentimes refer to that as heaven. Unfortunately, many Christians think that ...

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Sam Storms Senior Pastor of Bridgeway Church Oklahoma City, OK and the founder of Enjoying God Ministries.

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Sermon Outline:


I. Heaven changes how we live on earth.

II. Heaven involves ever increasing joy in God's infinite grace.

III. Heaven abolishes sin and releases love.