So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
KJV Romans 10:17
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“Charity [agape—love,] never faileth:
but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail;
whether there be tongues, they shall cease;
whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child,
I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child;
but when I became a man I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass darkly,
but then face to face;
now I know in part,
but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
1 Corinthians 13:8-12. 3SG 13.2
The apostle here contrasts the mortal state with the immortal;
the present imperfect, with that which will be perfect;
the cloudy present while we walk by faith, with the open glory of the life to come.
Here, we only know in part, prophesy in part; there, that which is in part will be done away.
Here, we see through a glass darkly; there, face to face.
Here, we know in part; there, we shall know, even as we are known.
Charity, or love, will never end.
Here, it is the highest Christian grace; there, it will be the crowning glory of immortals forever and forever.
In this sense, love will never fail.
But prophecies will fail, tongues will cease, and knowledge will vanish away.
The light of heaven through the dim medium of these, and the other gifts of the Holy Spirit,
is represented as being only in part,
and is to be superseded by the perfect day of glory when we may talk face to face with God, Christ, and angels,
as our first parents talked with God in Eden before sin entered.
“And let all the people say, Amen.” 3SG 14.1
The very first effort of Satan to overthrow God’s law — undertaken among the sinless inhabitants of heaven — seemed for a time to be crowned with success. A vast number of the angels were seduced; but Satan’s apparent triumph resulted in defeat and loss, separation from God, and banishment from heaven. PP 331.1
When the conflict was renewed upon the earth, Satan again won a seeming advantage. By transgression, man became his captive, and man’s kingdom also was betrayed into the hands of the archrebel. Now the way seemed open for Satan to establish an independent kingdom, and to defy the authority of God and His Son. But the plan of salvation made it possible for man again to be brought into harmony with God, and to render obedience to His law, and for both man and the earth to be finally redeemed from the power of the wicked one. PP 331.2
Again Satan was defeated, and again he resorted to deception, in the hope of converting his defeat into a victory. To stir up rebellion in the fallen race, he now represented God as unjust in having permitted man to transgress His law. “Why,” said the artful tempter, “when God knew what would be the result, did He permit man to be placed on trial, to sin, and bring in misery and death?” And the children of Adam, forgetful of the long-suffering mercy that had granted man another trial, regardless of the amazing, the awful sacrifice which his rebellion had cost the King of heaven, gave ear to the tempter, and murmured against the only Being who could save them from the destructive power of Satan. PP 331.3
There are thousands today echoing the same rebellious complaint against God. They do not see that to deprive man of the freedom of choice would be to rob him of his prerogative as an intelligent being, and make him a mere automaton. It is not God’s purpose to coerce the will. Man was created a free moral agent. Like the inhabitants of all other worlds, he must be subjected to the test of obedience; but he is never brought into such a position that yielding to evil becomes a matter of necessity. No temptation or trial is permitted to come to him which he is unable to resist. God made such ample provision that man need never have been defeated in the conflict with Satan. PP 331.4
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:
but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;
but will with the temptation also make a way to escape,
that ye may be able to bear it.
KJV 1 Corinthians 10:13