In my last post (which was picked up and republished by SBCToday), I included a statement that may have been misinterpreted. So I thought I'd clarify it in case you're wondering. I wrote previously that when we meet Jesus face to face and begin living our new life in Heaven, that:
"For all the questions we long to have answered, our minds will be filled with His perfect knowledge– we will understand as He. Our minds will be perfected in His and we’ll no longer worry, fret, or agonize." ~me
Let me take a minute to share what I mean and don't mean.
Firstly, I do not mean we will have every knowledge of God and be omniscient-- all-knowing. Indeed that is akin to Satan's mindset before his fall from heaven.
I'm saying, as far as any knowledge we've ever needed here, it will be filled in Him-- in our perfected after-earth person. We will be totally and completely content. I believe that "now I know in part; then I shall know fully."
It's hard to fathom we will "know fully"-- especially when we consider all the questions we have today on this earth about abuse we see, tyanny unleashed, injustice, and slaughter of innocent babies.
All the whys of my time on this earth will be answered. Why did my mother abandon me when I was 3? Why did I suffer abuse as a child? Why did my baby die after only 23 hours of life? Why did my brother die in front of me when I was but 18 years old? Why did I miscarry my second baby? Why did my son survive being hit by a school bus at 5 years old and then have to die at 33 years old? Why? Discernment is limited.
Here, I do not lean to my own understanding...here I know in part-- there I will know in full.
I already know why the world is filled with the discord. It's because it is fallen, it's ripe with evil. It is under the power of sin. Only those who trust in the King of Kings can live in righteousness. Only they can daily come and seek the favor of the Lord and know His mercy and experience continual grace for the hour of temptation and adversity. Those who refuse to believe in Him and seek to rebel against all that is holy, pure, righteous and moral, find themselves in unending, unsated struggle, emptiness and hunger.
Yes... they hunger. They do not know they hunger after God. But their hearts are miserable and they are not happy with any of their pleasures... they are not content with their lot, they must have more, better, greater. Only those Believers in Christ can know the peace that passes all understanding in a world of chaos. Only Believers have joy in the midst of heartache. And, only those Believers whose minds are stayed on Him... focused on Him, His will, His way.
Then when we get to heaven and are spending eternity with our LORD, we'll know the things He knew all along. Much of what we do not understand we trust by faith that no matter what comes our way, He understands and sustains. He holds our world in place with His omnipotent power and love.
"Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 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 the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a 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." 1 Corinthians 13:8-12