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What does 1Cor 13:12 mean?


1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. (NKJV)

It means simply that we will not fully understand everything about life, salvation and the things of God until we are free of our sin nature and this sin cursed world.

It means that there will come a time when we will understand to the degree that we will no longer “see dimly”, but see perfectly clear that which God wants us to see. We will not need teaching, or revelation or further enlightment. We will know fully and see fully.

That doesn’t mean that we will have ALL knowledge; that belongs only to God. It means that we will be at a state of perfect understanding in our existence and in our relationship to God.

We won’t need the Bible because we will be in the presence of the Word. We will be face to face with perfection and we will no longer “see in part”.

When will this perfect time come? When this life is over and we are with Jesus. May that day come quickly.