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Seeing Things Clearly

Seeing Things Clearly

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:12-13 (NKJV)

Have you ever taken a good look in the mirror in an attempt to look at yourself clearly?  The Apostle Paul uses this illustration of a seeing one's self in a mirror to encourage us in our struggles.  It is very interesting to me how Paul uses the terminology of a mirror, because the mirror as we know it didn't even exist until the mid 1200's.  Before it came to be, the mirror was simply polished brass or plain glass being used - the reflection of those looking in was dim or dark at best.  So people would only have a limited view of themselves.

So this verse here gives us a great comparison of how we, as Christians, are not seeing ourselves as we will be when we see Christ face-to-face we only see a partial reflection of ourselves in a limited way.

But Paul finishes with a very encouraging statement in the final verse of this chapter.  We have something to hold us over until we see Jesus, and that is faith, hope, and love.

Our faith allows us to look back and see what God has already done for us - sending His only begotten son Jesus to die on the cross of Calvary for us.  Faith will remind us our sins are forgiven because of our belief and confession in Christ.  And we now have peace of mind because of this faith - we no longer have to worry or fear.

Our hope is given to us from God, and because of this hope we wait patiently for Jesus to return for us.  We don't have to be troubled about the future and what the news channels are speaking about because we know God has a perfect plan and will see us through every situation (Ps 32:8; Jn 16:13).  

For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?   But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Romans 8:24-25 (NKJV)

So by faith we can be assured we are forgiven and our past is our past.  And by Hope we can be confident and joyful - knowing our future is to be with God.  As amazing as faith and hope are we can still find ourselves having a problem with our present problems.  This is because our problems seem more real to us.

Love tells us to look around at everything we are faced with and to remember Jesus is here with us, the Holy Spirit lives within us, and the Father is watching over us.

So even though we might not see ourselves the way we will be in our full glory, we can see enough to have faith we are being transformed to be more like Jesus with each passing day.  And we can have hope we will be perfected when we leave this body.  In the meantime we need to be imitators of God (Eph 5:1), and learn to love in a way that only God can love.  We can only do this by allowing the Holy Spirit to have access through us - allowing Him to love others through us.  

I want to encourage you to remember God has given us everything we need to face whatever challenges we may face this day.  The only thing left is for us to allow Him to lead us in utilizing them.  When we do we will begin to see things more clearly.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Corinthians 13:13 what three things should be abiding in us as Christians?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself having faith in what Jesus has done on the cross, and hoping for heaven, and yet struggling in the present?

APPLICATION: Hold on to God's promises and you will have increased faith and hope, as well as being equipped for today's challenges.  Read the Word of God daily and believe the many promises there for those who choose to live for Him.

Father, thank You for Your promises You have given me.  I give You full access to my life - love others through me in the way only You are able to do.  Help me to remember these truths and implement them in my life this day.  I pray it brings glory and honor to Your name.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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