“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!” 1 Corinthians 13:12 Message
I love this verse, but so many people miss it because it’s stuck right in between the love chapter in 1 Corinthians. I love the description of the mist and fog in the Message. Here are some other descriptions from other versions:
- “dim image in a mirror” Good News Translation
- “blurred image in a mirror” God’s Word Translation
- “reflection in a mirror” Common English Bible
- “For now we see in a mirror, darkly;” American Standard Verison
- “cloudy picture in a mirror.” Contemporary English Version
- “For now we see through a glass, darkly;” King James Version
To give a more explanation here’s the Living version:
“In the same way, we can see and understand only a little about God now, as if we were peering at his reflection in a poor mirror; but someday we are going to see him in his completeness, face-to-face. Now all that I know is hazy and blurred, but then I will see everything clearly, just as clearly as God sees into my heart right now.”
Just think about it, all the
Just plain bad
Will make sense. We will understand everything that doesn’t make sense. Our ‘dirty window’ will be washed clean and we will be able to understand why everything happens the way it does. The mist will lift and the sun will come out.
James 4:14 (NIV) says:
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
We are the mist that will lift and we will understand everything in the world with God. We are looking at heaven and God through a dirty window pane – unable to see their greatness. We are the temporary mist that God will lift from our window pane.
When we die and go to heaven, not only will God wash away our sins; but also wash our window to see how GREAT he is.
We are mists. Our earthly understandings are mists. We are earthly understandings that will vanish like mists before God’s morning light.