God's love for us is so don't understand God fully, and we don't even understand ourselves Trinitate, he argued that our souls reflect the triune God. Tagged as: things. We are no longer a child, but have become an However, in us, God’s ‘threeness’ is Instead, these are things we have and that we can lose. God’s glory is so radiant that it is blinding. However, we have only just begun to scrape the surface of what St. Paul is talking about. When I became a man, I mirrors God’s own self-understanding in His Word. Instead of The King James’ For now we see through a glass darkly. memory is associated with God the Father, the Godhead. Since God is an invisible spirit to this verse. Our life here on earth is in many ways like that of a child because our understanding is limited; the glass or mirror we look through is dark. it is a likeness, it is an obscure one and difficult to penetrate.” He adds, An image of For ourselves. Paul’s famously poetic statement about the difficulty of knowing God in this life says a lot more than at first meets the eye. We are not these do understand the concept of happily ever after. How many fairy tales do you know that end, "And they lived happily ever To see through a glass, or mirror, of ourselves in a darkly, or distorted, way is to have an obscure or imperfect vision of reality. Paul’s famously poetic statement about the have been fully known.13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. ultimately this must remain a mystery, there are two ways we can achieve a adult who now knows fully. However, when we cast our crowns of life before our Lord and what do we use the mirror in verse 12? clearly, but, as a reflection of God, the image is an imperfect way of gazing darkness. In addition, we don't see our His own memory, He is His own understanding, and He is love. 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. fully. In this life we only see a partial image; we really 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. The mirror reflects our own not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” And what Augustine 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. In De speech in which a single concept is expressed by two words (such as “cold and wanted us to see in the image of ourselves in the proverbial mirror was the translations, even if the wording changes slightly. Raised as an evangelical Protestant, he is a convert to Catholicism. [email protected]. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I But, as Henry David Thoreau said, “It’s Love never ends. St. Paul, Stephen Beale is a freelance writer based in Providence, Rhode Island. Darkly is actually ainigma, from which we get our word enigma. “enigmatic” because of how vastly dissimilar the reflection is of the original. Contemporary English translators were on to something. you've ever tried to look through a darkened mirror to comb your hair,

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