The Hope of Knowing Fully

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Love never ends.
But as for prophecies,
they will come to an end;
as for languages, they will cease;
as for knowledge, it will come to an end.
For we know in part,
and we prophesy in part.
But when the perfect comes,
the partial will come to an end.
When I was a child,
I spoke like a child,
I thought like a child,
I reasoned like a child.
When I became a man,
I put aside childish things.
For now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror,
but then face to face.
Now I know in part,
but then I will know fully,
as I am fully known.
Now these three remain:
faith, hope, and love.
But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:8-13

Even as believers, equipped with the mind of Christ and the Spirit of Christ, we have only partial understanding. But one day, we will know fully. “Believers are granted to know truth in this age, but only indistinctly so. Our imprecise perception of Christ will be made complete in eternity, where we will know Him face to face” (HCSB Study Bible, 1980).

We can take great strength from this. One of the ways the world drags us down is to see things only from its hopeless perspective. But when we see things from God’s perspective, we have hope. It will not always be like this. We will understand fully when we see God. Faith and hope will pass away because we will be face-to-face with Christ. But love will never end. It shows the priority of love over all things, even over faith and hope.

If you are perplexed by circumstances in your life, and in the world in general, take heart. Keep trusting God. Keep holding on to what is true. But know you will not always have only a partial understanding. Jesus promises us, “For nothing is concealed that won’t be revealed, and nothing hidden that won’t be made known and come to light” (Luke 8:17). Use your perplexity to keep seeking God and growing in your relationship with Him. I wonder if the partial understanding He gives us is one of the many ways He draws us to Him. Ask questions, then search the Scriptures for answers. God is faithful to satisfy our desire for understanding.

By Courtney Silberman

Originally published on January 30, 2013

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