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This story could be yours. Sharon came to a life-defining crossroad in her life. Jesus is beckoning her to choose between Him or drugs. She had been using drugs heavily and it now came to the point where her drug habit could end her life. Jesus reached out to her in His loving grace. He promised if she will turn to Him He will restore her life and her dreams. He will make her whole again. She reached the point where only Jesus could help her out of her deadly drug habit.

Sharon is haunted by the memories of what her life could have been. She was a promising movie actress who had loads of natural talent on the screen and the stage. Her dreams lie in pieces at her feet shattered by her drug habit that has consumed her life. She lives for the next drug high 24 hours a day. She breathes, thinks, and talks drugs all her waking hours. What happened? Where did she take the wrong turn? How many times has she asked herself these questions?

Sharon came from a strong religious background. Her father and mother and two brothers were devout church goers. Sharon and her family said all the right “religious” terms, prayed the right “religious” prayers and attended church faithfully. Sharon has always felt an empty void in her life that her church activities could not fill. The emptiness in her heart became so unbearable she had to fill it with something. Unfortunately, she turned to drugs to do the job. Oh it was great at first Sharon thought but after a year or two of the marijuana use it no longer filled that familiar pang of emptiness.

She risked taking her drug habit to the next level-cocaine. The cocaine thrill came at a high price; her habit accelerating to thousands of dollars every month. Sharon could not make enough money to keep her cocaine beast under control. She decided to do the one thing she swore she would never stoop to; she became a prostitute selling her body to the highest bidder.

She switched to a deadly heroin addiction (thinking it would be cheaper) that spiraled out of control, quicker than the cocaine, taking its toll on her pocketbook, health and relationships faster than the sun rose the next day. Her daytime and “nighttime” jobs could no longer keep up with the expensive new habit. Sharon fell into a deeper black hole turning  to drug dealing. She dealt exclusively in heroin and nothing but the highest grade. She quickly used all her drug supplies. Sharon sunk one level lower as she now turned to stealing just to maintain her daily heroin addiction.

She began stealing from her high profile clients she had made from her call girl business. She brazenly broke into their mansions in broad daylight. Finally, her life of crime caught up to her in a big way. She sold one of her stolen “acquisitions” to an undercover policeman who had been tracking her movements for a while. He slapped her in jail to wait for her eventual trial and sentencing. She faced a very long jail term for all of her illegal activities from drug dealing to stealing. She went a couple of days without her daily ingestion of heroin. Her body had become so dependent on the heroin that she fell violently ill. The next morning the guard found her lying on the floor, of her cell, in a coma. They rushed her to the hospital and the doctors worked feverishly to save her life. That night as she laid in her hospital bed a sweet whisper spoke to her heart. “Sharon are you ready for Me to help with your problems?” She wondered who in the world…

“I Am Jesus and I am your only hope to free you from your drug addiction and give you your life back.” Here was her  life-defining event! “Will you accept my grace?”” Yes, oh yes Jesus!” she cried out.

You should know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is in you. You have received the Holy Spirit from God. You do not own yourselves.

                                                                                      I Corinthians 6:19

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 Speaking In Tongues And Face To Face
 

Speaking In Tongues And Face To Face
What does face to face mean in 1 Cor. 13:12?

Regarding 1 Cor. 13:12 and the term "face to face", in Ex. 33:11 we are told that God talked to Moses "face to face, as a man speaks with a friend". We know this is figurative language because Ex. 33:20 tells us that Moses did not actually see God’s face. The same thing happens to us today when God speaks to us through His Word. Heb. 4:12 tells us that the Bible is living and active and that it judges the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts. As we read the Bible, even though we don’t see God’s face, we feel and know that we have personally come "face to face" with Him.

To understand 1 Cor. 13:12, we first need to look at James 1:21-25 and 2 Cor. 3:18.
i) James 1:21-25 liken reading the Bible to looking into a mirror. Just as a mirror reflects our physical condition, the Bible reflects our spiritual condition – a mirror is being used as a symbol for the Bible.
ii) James 1:21-25 refer to the Bible as "the perfect law that gives freedom" and, in the next paragraph, there is a link to a PDF showing that "the perfect" in 1 Cor. 13:9-10 is speaking about the Bible also.
iii) 2 Cor. 3:18 also speaks figuratively about looking into a mirror (the Bible) and being changed into Jesus’ image. The Holy Spirit changes us from glory to glory as we continue to look into the Bible.

This tells us that Mirror = the Perfect = the Bible.

1 Cor. 13:12 is a continuation of the discussion on the cessation of prophecy and knowledge and it uses figurative language similar to James 1:21-25 and 2 Cor. 3:18. It says, "Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known". This verse speaks of "now" and "then" - "now" being the time when Paul was writing 1 Corinthians and "then" being the time when "the perfect" was to come. Therefore, our interpretation of this verse depends upon what "the perfect" is. In the following link, I show why I believe that the coming of "the perfect" refers to the time when God would give His final revelation for inclusion in the Bible, making it complete; this revelation being the book of Revelation -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/blogarticles/tonguesandtheperfect.pdf

The following interprets 1 Cor. 13:12 in the light of "the perfect" being the completed Bible -
"Now [with an incomplete Bible] we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror [prophecy was limited];
then [when we have the completed Bible] we shall see face to face [figuratively speaking].
Now [with an incomplete Bible] I know in part [because knowledge is in part];
then [when we have the completed Bible] I shall know fully, even as I am fully known".

Regarding "mirror", the polished metal mirrors used in Paul’s day gave a poor reflection. This speaks of the poorer understanding of things like our spiritual condition, Jesus’ sacrifice, End Times etc., that we get when we only read the Old Testament. But, just as today’s glass mirrors give a clear reflection, the New Testament gives us a clear, "face to face" understanding of God’s Will.

Knowing fully is not referring to knowing God fully as even in our eternal state we will not know Him fully or be all-knowing like He is. We will never be omniscient. Knowing fully simply means having a full knowledge of God’s Will, Plans and Purposes as revealed in "the perfect", complete Bible. Through the New Testament we can come to a much deeper knowledge of these things than through reading the Old Testament alone. God’s Will for man is fully known from the beginning to the end, from Genesis to Revelation. With this in mind, the verse is saying,

"Now [with an incomplete Bible] I know in part [because knowledge is in part];
then [when the completed Bible comes] I shall know [God’s Will] fully,
even as [that is, in the same manner as] I am fully known [by Him]".
[I will fully know God’s Will just as He fully knows me].

So, through the Bible, we can figuratively come face to face with God and as we continue to look into this spiritual mirror we will come to know His Will fully and be transformed into Jesus’ likeness, going from one degree of glory to another (2 Cor. 3:18).

The following books on the cessation of Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge are free to download.

All About Speaking In Tongues by an ex-Pentecostal Pastor -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/allaboutspeakingintongues.pdf

Sola Scriptura – very good, author unknown -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tongues_solascriptura.pdf

The Doctrine Of Tongues written by a New Zealand Barrister in the 1960s -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tonguesbywgbroadbent.pdf

Other free books and articles -
http://www.christianissues.biz/tongues.html

This article can be downloaded as a PDF or an MP3 from -
http://www.christianissues.biz/downloads2.html

The video of “Speaking In Tongues And Face To Face” can be seen on YouTube at-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01FrXFi1OHA

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Author Mick Alexander  Added On 11/19/2016
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 Speaking in Tongues and 1 Cor. 13:11
 

Regarding speaking in tongues, what is 1 Cor. 13:11 saying? The verse says, "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me". In this verse, the putting away of the so called childish ways of speaking, thinking and reasoning is parallel to the cessation of the gifts of tongues, prophecy and knowledge spoken of in 1 Cor. 13:8. The following points make this connection obvious -

I) 1 Cor. 13:11 is right in the middle of 1 Cor. 13:8-13 which is about the cessation of the three spiritual gifts of tongues, prophecy and knowledge.

II) In 1 Cor. 13:11, the word translated "put away" (G2673 - katargeo) is the same word that is used in 1 Cor. 13:8 where it talks about prophecy and knowledge ceasing. So, in saying "put away", Paul is talking about the cessation of speaking, thinking and reasoning.

III) Because verses 8 and 11 are both talking about the cessation of three things, it is obvious that speaking, thinking and reasoning are parallel to the gifts of tongues, prophecy and knowledge.
Speaking = tongues
Thinking = prophecy
Reasoning = knowledge

Therefore, 1 Cor. 13:11 is saying, "When I was a child, I talked like a child [tongues], I thought like a child [prophecy], I reasoned like a child [knowledge]. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me".

Paul figuratively refers to tongues, prophesy and knowledge as "childish ways" because they were for the infant church and were put away, ceased, as he became a man, that is, as the church matured. Tongues, being a sign of judgement (1 Cor. 14:21-22), ceased with the early church, some time after Jerusalem’s judgement in 70AD and God stopped giving biblical prophecy and knowledge to men when Revelation was written (around 96AD) because He had nothing further to add to His written Word.

Some suggest that 1 Cor. 13:11 is about abuse or love or moving on spiritually but the context of the verse rules these out. The verse is right in the middle of three chapters on spiritual gifts and, further still, it is firmly anchored in the middle of six verses which are talking about the cessation of tongues, prophecy and knowledge so the context is clearly about the cessation of the spiritual gifts of tongues, prophecy and knowledge and not about things like abuse, love or moving on spiritually.

Another suggestion is that “becoming a man”, in 1 Cor. 13:11, is talking about maturing when Jesus returns but this cannot be as, at the Rapture, we will not “become a man” but be totally transformed into spiritual beings, no longer even human (1 Cor. 15:50-53). Sudden change from a flesh and blood human being into an immortal, spiritual being can hardly be called maturing.

All this, I believe, shows that tongues, prophesy and knowledge ceased with the early church.

A final point for thought:
Some believe that, in 1 Cor. 13:9-10, “the perfect” is Jesus and that all gifts cease when He returns but this can’t be true for two reasons:
I) “the perfect” is neuter gender, not masculine, so it cannot be referring to Jesus.
II) Even if “the perfect” was Jesus, 1 Cor. 13:9-10 say that only prophecy and knowledge cease at the coming of “the perfect”, not all the gifts.
The following books on the cessation of tongues, prophecy and knowledge are free to download -

All About Speaking In Tongues by an ex-Pentecostal Pastor -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/allaboutspeakingintongues.pdf

Sola Scriptura – very good, author unknown -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tongues_solascriptura.pdf

The Doctrine Of Tongues written by a New Zealand Barrister in the 1960s -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tonguesbywgbroadbent.pdf

Other books and articles -
http://www.christianissues.biz/tongues.html


This article can be downloaded as a PDF or an MP3 from -
http://www.christianissues.biz/downloads2.html


Mick Alexander
leeandmick@gmail.com
http://www.ChristianIssues.biz

Author Mick Alexander  Added On 08/11/2016
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 Speaking in Tongues – Ceasing and Remaining
 

In 1 Cor. 13:8, we are told that Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge will cease at some point in time  and, after they cease, 1 Cor 13:13 says that Faith, Hope and Love will remain. We know that Love is eternal but our Faith and Hope are both fulfilled and come to their conclusion when Jesus returns as the following shows -

Regarding Faith, Heb. 11:1 tells us that Faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” and 2 Cor. 5:7 says, "we live by faith, not by sight", so when we see Jesus our Faith will give way to sight. 1 Pet. 1:9 says, “you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls”. Thayer’s dictionary defines “goal” as the “termination, the limit at which a thing ceases to be” so, when Jesus returns to bring our salvation (Heb. 9:28), our Faith will have reached its goal and terminate. The AMP says, “you receive the result, the outcome, the consummation of your faith” and the KJV says, “receiving the end of our faith” so it’s clear that our faith reaches its conclusion when Jesus returns.

Regarding Hope, Tit. 2:13 tells us that we are waiting for Jesus, our Blessed Hope, and Rom. 8:24 says, “hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?” So, when we see Jesus, our Hope will be realised and come to its conclusion.

From this we can see that Faith and Hope will only remain until Jesus returns but Love will continue eternally, as 1 Cor. 13:8 says.

So, Tongues, Prophesy and Knowledge are the first to cease, leaving Faith and Hope remaining and they will both conclude when Jesus returns. This shows that Tongues, Prophesy and Knowledge cease before Jesus returns and brings Faith and Hope to their conclusion.

It’s not possible for Tongues, Prophecy, Knowledge to remain alongside Faith and Hope as this would contradict Scripture which says that Faith and Hope remain after Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge have ceased. (The word “now”, beginning 1 Cor. 13:13, is not the “now” of time but the “now” of logic or argument and is better translated as “but” - see this in the VWS and JFB commentaries. This means that the passage is saying that Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge would cease at some point in time “but” Faith, Hope and Love would remain.)

Some say that Faith and Hope will continue eternally but their Biblical descriptions, as shown above, make it abundantly clear that they will both be consummated and terminate when Jesus returns.

A simplified explanation is -

First, Tongues, Prophesy and Knowledge cease, leaving Faith, Hope and Love remaining.

Next, Faith and Hope cease when Jesus returns.

Therefore Tongues, Prophesy and Knowledge cease before Jesus returns.

The aim of this article is simply to show that tongues, prophecy and knowledge were targeted to cease before Jesus returns. To keep things short, the timing of cessation has not been examined. However, I believe that a close look at 1 Cor. 13:8-13 shows that they ceased in the first century. An in-depth look at this can be found in the following links to free books on the subject. Amen.


The following books on the cessation of Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge are free to download -

All About Speaking In Tongues by an ex-Pentecostal Pastor -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/allaboutspeakingintongues.pdf

Sola Scriptura – very good, author unknown -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tongues_solascriptura.pdf

The Doctrine Of Tongues written by a New Zealand Barrister in the 1960s -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tonguesbywgbroadbent.pdf

Other free books and articles -
http://www.christianissues.biz/tongues.html

This article can be downloaded as a PDF or an MP3 from -
http://www.christianissues.biz/downloads2.html

The video of “Speaking In Tongues – Ceasing and Remaining” can be seen on YouTube at-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIrqhTf_-Vk

Christian Issues' blog can be subscribed to at -
http://www.christianissues.biz/blog/wordpress/feed/

Mick Alexander
leeandmick@gmail.com
http://www.ChristianIssues.biz

Author Mick Alexander  Added On 08/11/2016
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