What Do These Phrases Mean?

Q. I’ve been looking for someone I felt to be a good source to answer these questions. I’m not sure if these are scripture but if so, I’d like to know how they apply to a believer today. 1) looking into a glass dimly lit, and 2) calling things that are not as though they were. Can you help?

A. These phrases are both in the Scriptures. In 1 Cor. 13:12 Paul was comparing our current understanding of our next life to the reflection we would see in a poor quality mirror. (The Greek word translated glass means mirror.) He said when the Lord comes for us, our poor reflection will be replaced by the face-to-face presence of the Lord, and even though we currently only know in part, then we will know fully, even as we are fully known.

The phrase “the things that are not as though they were,” is from Romans 4:17. It refers to God’s ability to see the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), frequently speaking of things that are still in our future as if they have already happened. From His perspective they already have, because He has seen them, and He wants us to know there is no doubt about them taking place.

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