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.
Paul is in the middle of instructing the church in Corinth how it should function so that God is given the glory He deserves. He is a God of peace and order – and the church is to bee that way too. Here in verse 12 Paul makes the observation: One day things won’t be so difficult to understand. One day things are going to be crystal clear! Now it’s like looking into a dim mirror; then we’ll see perfectly! The difference will be because we’ll see Jesus face to face. As John said, “We know that when He appears we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). When we see Christ we will become like Him and knowing God’s perfect Will will no longer be so difficult.
Why is it so typical for us to act and think as if we totally understand Almighty God? The truth is we don’t. The truth is I only know in part, but one day I’ll know fully. This dim mirror is only in one direction, however. There’s no cloudiness with God. Paul said, “Then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.” God knows all about me. He knows what I do and why I do it! He searches my heart and knows each motivation. Because of this, my response is to remain ultimately humble before Him and to pursue Him in every way.
Lord – You are the Almighty God and I humble myself before You. I want to know You more and I look forward to that day when I’ll see You face to face. Make me like You, Lord Jesus.