1 Corinthians 13:12
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 also I am known.
It needs no illustration to show that our vision of spiritual things is very dim. The cause of this is our subject: the medium is dark, that medium is the body. Through the five senses we gather all the lights that flash on our consciousness and form within us ideas. But why is it dark? The body tends —
I. TO MATERIALISE THE CONCEPTIONS OF THE MIND. We "judge after the flesh."
II. TO SWAY THE DECISIONS OF THE MIND. "The desires of the flesh " often move and master the soul.
III. TO CLOG THE OPERATIONS OF THE MIND. Business, sleep, refreshment, exercise, disease, all these interrupt the soul. Our visions of spiritual things being so dim. Conclusion:
1. None should pride themselves in their knowledge.
2. None should arrogate infallibility of judgment.
3. We should anticipate brighter and fuller visions, when the medium is removed, and we "see face to face."
(D. Thomas, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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 also I am known.