Any idea what Paul meant when he wrote that? I sure didn’t know, so I needed to do some investigating.
Okay, if I’m seeing through a ‘glass,’ what meaning might help make sense of the passage.
Both ‘glass and mirror’ mean, ‘to show an image.’
An ‘image‘ is, ‘a thought in the mind.’
Is that ‘image/thought’ in the glass….me? Maybe not, because I am only seeing ‘darkly.’ Now get this, ‘darkly’ means, ‘imperfectly.’
Was Paul saying that when you look in the ‘glass’ you are seeing yourself, ‘not perfect? That you are not seeing yourself as you really are?
Well think about it. You do not see the real you. You NEVER see the real you. All you can see is an ‘image’ of you. Even when you look at a part of your body…it is only an ‘image’ in your mind you are seeing. Not the real you.
Then Paul said, ‘now we know in part…’ Part means a ‘portion of the whole.’ So right now all we know is a ‘part’ of us. The part we see darkly/imperfectly.
Paul goes on to say, ‘then you shall know even as you are known.’ Well if ‘known’ means to ‘understand,’ what is it we are to ‘understand?
Understand that when you come ‘face to face,’ which means to, ‘ acknowledge,’ we need to ‘acknowledge’ who and what we really are and then things will change. Change because according to Paul, right now we do not see who and what we really are.
We do not see ‘clearly’….only darkly/imperfectly.
But one day we will see face to face/acknowledge, and then instead of only knowing/acknowledging only a part of us as who and what we are…we will understand and acknowledge who and what we really are….Gods own image.
NOT the image in the glass mirror.
Not the ‘image’ in our mind. BUT the IMAGE in Gods mind….since that’s what we really are. And as God’s IMAGE we are WHOLE and Perfect. Never ‘imperfect.
AND the only place you will ever see God FACE TO FACE is WITHIN YOU. ONLY.
What else could Paul have meant?
I GET IT. Do You?