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14 february 2019

King James version (en)

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.

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Wesley's Notes

The necessity of love is shown,  13:1-3.
The nature and properties,  13:4-7.
The duration of it,  13:8-13

Now we see - Even the things that surround us. But by means of a glass - Or mirror, which reflects only their imperfect forms, in a dim, faint, obscure manner; so that our thoughts about them are puzzling and intricate, and everything is a kind of riddle to us. But then - We shall see, not a faint reflection, but the objects themselves. Face to face - Distinctly. Now I know in part - Even when God himself reveals things to me, great part of them is still kept under the veil. But then I shall know even as also I am known - In a clear, full, comprehensive manner; in some measure like God, who penetrates the centre of every object, and sees at one glance through my soul and all things.

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Paul's words on the fact that we see the realities of the spiritual world in our current state, as a darkly reflection in a dusty mirror, echo the thoughts of certain philosophers of the heathen world. And comes in mind first of all, of course Plato with his image of the cave and the shadows on its walls...

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