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For our knowing is imperfect, and our prophesying is imperfect; but when the perfect is come, then the perfect will be done away. When I was a child I spoke like a child, felt like a child, thought like a child; now that I am become a man, I have done with childish things.read more.
For now we see as in a mirror, and are baffled, but then face to face; now I know in fragments, but then shall I understand even as I also have been understood.
But concerning that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed! Awake! for you never know the time. As a man gone abroad and leaving his house gives authority to his slaves, to each his task; and orders the porter to keep watch;read more.
keep watch then, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming??n the evening, at midnight, at cockcrow, or in the morning??36 lest he should come unexpectedly and find you sleeping;
"But no one knows about that day and hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. And as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man. For just as in the days before the deluge they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the very day when Noah entered the ark,read more.
nor did they know until the deluge came and swept them away; so will be the coming of the son of man. At that time there will be two men in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and the other left. Keep guard then, for you do not know the day on which your Master is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have been on his guard, and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for in an hour when you do not expect him, the Son of man is coming.
Go to now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we shall journey to such a city and spend a year there, and trade and make money," when all the time you do not know what will happen on the morrow. For what is your life? You are but a mist, appearing for a brief time, and then vanishing. You ought instead to say, "If the Lord wills it, we shall live and do this or that."read more.
But now you are glorying in these insolent boastings of yours; all such glorying is evil.
Then he spoke to them in a parable. "The ground of a certain rich man bore heavy crops. "So he debated with himself saying, 'What shall I do? for I have no place in which to store my crops.' "And he said to himself. 'This is what I will do. I will pull down my barns and build larger ones in which I will store all my wheat and my goods.read more.
"'And I will say to my soul, "'Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years! Take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry.' "But God said to him. 'Foolish man! This very night your soul is wanted! And these things you have prepared, whose shall they be? "So is he that lays up treasures for himself and is not rich toward God."
But I would not have you ignorant, brothers, about those who are falling asleep. You must not sorrow like other men, who have no hope. For if we really believe that Jesus died and rose again, so even so will God through Jesus bring with him those also who have fallen asleep. For this I tell you by the word of the Lord, that we who are living, who survive unto the coming of the Lord, will in no wise precede those who have fallen asleep.read more.
For the Lord himself with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God will descend from heaven. Then the dead in Christ will rise first. And afterwards we who are alive, who remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. So comfort one another with these words.
For I would not have you ignorant, brothers, how our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate of the same spiritual bread,read more.
and all drank from the same spiritual stream, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But in most of them God was not well pleased, for they were laid low in the desert. Now this happened as a warning for us, that we might not long for evil things as they longed. And you must not be idolaters like some of them. as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, And they rose up for idol dances. Nor must we act licentiously, as some of them did, and fell in a single day, twenty-three thousand of them. Neither must we presume upon the patience of our Lord, as some of them presumed, and were destroyed by the serpents; nor murmur, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the Destroying Angel.
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not wish you to be ignorant. You know that when you were heathen you went astray after dumb idols, wherever he be led. Wherefore I want you to understand that no one who speaks in the Spirit of God says, "Jesus is accursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except in the Holy Spirit.read more.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; there are various forms of service, and the same Lord; and varieties of work, and the same God, who works in all. Now to each man has been given his manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one man by the Spirit has been given a word of wisdom, to another a word of insight by the same Spirit; to one man by the same Spirit is given faith, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit; to another the powers which work miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But the one and the same Spirit gives power to all, distributing his gifts to each as he wills.
And God has appointed those in the church to be first of all apostles, second, prophets, third, teachers. then workers of miracles, healers, helpers, administrators, users of various kinds of "tongues."