There is only one Holy Spirit, and He has been teaching men the same truths from the beginning. He does not pour knowledge into our heads—He gives us wisdom to aid us in discerning truth from error and in properly applying what he have learned. Understanding the vocabulary of the Greek New Testament does not come from merely looking up words in a lexicon—understanding the vocabulary of the New Testament comes from an intimate familiarity with the Greek New Testament, the Greek literature that is contemporaneous with it, and the Greek literature from the time of Homer down to the early centuries of the Christian era. Scholarship, therefore, not only has a place—it is vital to an accurate knowledge of the New Testament. I am not such an arrogant fool as to believe that I have a corner on the Holy Spirit that that the early church fathers did not have; nor am I such an arrogant fool as to believe that I have a corner on the Holy Spirit that the Biblical scholars of the past and present did not/do not have. Indeed, as Charles Spurgeon reminded us nearly a century and a half ago, I am indebted to them and what the Holy Spirit has taught them,
Originally Posted by Watchman
“In order to be able to expound the Scriptures, and as an aid to your pulpit studies, you will need to be familiar with the commentators: a glorious army, let me tell you, whose acquaintance will be your delight and profit. Of course, you are not such wiseacres as to think or say that you can expound Scripture without assistance from the works of divines and learned men who have laboured before you in the field of exposition. If you are of that opinion, pray remain so, for you are not worth the trouble of conversion, and like a little coterie who think with you, would resent the attempt as an insult to your infallibility. It seems odd, that certain men who talk so much of what the Holy Spirit reveals to themselves, should think so little of what he has revealed to others. My chat this afternoon is not for those great originals, but for you who are content to learn of holy men, taught of God, and mighty in the Scriptures. It has been the fashion of late years to speak against the use of commentaries. If there were any fear that the expositions of Matthew Henry, Gill, Scott, and others, would be exalted into Christian Targums, we would join the chorus of objectors, but the existence or approach of such a danger we do not suspect. The temptations of our times lie rather in empty pretensions to novelty of sentiment, than in a slavish following of accepted guides. A respectable acquaintance with the opinions of the giants of the past, might have saved many an erratic thinker from wild interpretations and outrageous inferences. Usually, we have found the despisers of commentaries to be men who have no sort of acquaintance with them, in their case, it is the opposite of familiarity which has bred contempt….”
Spurgeon, C. H. Commenting & Commentaries. 1876.
The eschatological language used in 1 Corinthians 13:12 requires an interpretation that is consistent with the language. As I wrote above, we will NOT know fully just as we also have been fully known until the Second Advent. Nor will we see Jesus face to face until the Second Advent. Let us not confuse the Second Advent with a point in the maturity of believers, but let us understand it to be the Second Coming of Christ and its glorious and immediate consequences:
Originally Posted by Watchman
1 Cor. 15:50. Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
51. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,
52. in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
53. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. (NASB, 1995)
Only then will the promise of 1 Cor. 13:12 be realized:
12. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. (NASB, 1995)