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 I also am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
I Corinthians 13:12-13
Verse 12 of this passage tells us that now, we “see through a glass darkly, but then face to face.” What we see now of spiritual things is like looking through a dark glass. We can see some shadows and objects, and we might be able to make out a few colors, but, for the most part, we can’t see much. Things are definitely not clear to us. They are, at best, very blurry.
We see the same way spiritually right now. We might think that we see everything very clearly, but we don’t. We might think that we are good at discerning spiritual things, but we do still have to deal with the old flesh every day. The Lord helps us, guides us and shows us many things from His Word, but our sinful nature is always ready to try to stop us from learning and seeing them. There is an old saying: “the best of men are men at best.” None of us are perfect and none of us can see everything. We can’t even see clearly the things that we can see.
We should be thankful for the light and insight that we have been given, but we should also understand that we don’t know or see everything. It is simply not possible for us right now. We can see pictures of Jesus in His Word. We can see His effect on our lives and on the lives of others. But our vision of Him is still a little cloudy. But it will not always be like this. There is coming a day when we will see Him face to face and we will see everything perfectly clear.