1 Corinthians 13:12-13 – For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
“It is not a distorted image that we have in Christ through the Spirit; but it is as yet indirect, not complete… Our present ‘vision’ of God, as great as it is, is as nothing when compared to the real thing that is yet to be; it is like the difference between seeing a reflected image in a mirror and seeing a person face to face.
“[Faith, hope and love] together embrace the whole of Christian existence, as believers live out the life of the Spirit in the present age, awaiting the consummation… They are on their way ‘home,’ destined for an existence in the presence of God that is ‘face to face.’ And they have ‘love’ for one another as they live this life of faith and hope in the context of a community of brothers and sisters… In the present life of the church these three remain: faith, hope, and love.” [Fee, Gordon. The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The First Epistle to the Corinthians]
Let’s pray that we will live in faith, hope, and love given by the Spirit. Let’s thank God for what will come – We shall see face to face! – as we worship to this song, “One Day” (Matt Redman).