Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
Thoughts for Today:A great many people ask the questions: "Will my spouse know me in heaven? Will my children and friends know me?" My answer may seem flippant, but it is nonetheless true: "Who really knows anyone?" We may think we know someone really well, but who do we really know?
My best friend Rick I have known each other for 42 years. That's a long time to get to know someone. We played football together in high school; we ski-bummed in Mammoth; and we saw each other's children born, and then grow into adults. But when Rick looks at me, what he sees is a head, two arms and legs, and perhaps a mid-section that has grown a bit over the years. Certainly, we know a lot about each other. Perhaps as well as anyone could know another person -- including history, personality, likes and dislikes. But we still don't know each other "fully".
The concept of being "fully known" is what Paul is speaking about in our passage today. In this life, we can never know anyone "fully" (no matter how many years we've been acquainted), because we only see others within the limits of our own mortality. Only when we are face to face in our glorified bodies will I know you "fully, even as I am fully known."
That brings us back to the original question: "Will my loved ones know me in heaven?" The Scriptural answer is, "Yes." Just because we may not be fully known in this life doesn't mean we won't be known at all in the next. I am convinced that in heaven we will not only recognize each other, but also know one another at a much deeper spiritual level.
Questions to Ponder:Who are you looking forward to meeting in heaven? I can't wait to meet Jesus face to face. Add in: Isaac, Moses, Joshua, Nehemiah, Deborah, King David, Solomon, Peter, Paul, etc. I'm looking forward to meeting each of you in heaven as well. A place where we can see each other as we truly are. All the mysteries will be solved and the questions answered. Then we shall know each other fully.