1 Corinthians 13:12 (Amplified Version)











“For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].”
Ever wonder why this passage is worded the way it is?

Take a look at a common 1st century mirror. It is made of polished metal. They really did not have metal backed glass mirrors at that time. Polished metal mirrors are not like glass ones. They are dimmer.

And when we look, we looking to understand God. We aren’t looking to see ourselves in the mirror. That is not the meaning of the passage. We are looking to know Him more fully. This is something we cannot know in our present bodies and with our present eyes and minds.

This passage is a metaphor.

Yes, we are unveiled and are becoming more like Him. We aren’t there yet. Not until we are fully with Him will we truly see. You see, the mirror is still dim in this life.

But the mirror is not the written word (which is scripture). Jesus is the word, and He is transforming us by His spirit, from glory to glory.