I Don’t Know

“For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 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.” (1 Corinthians 13:9-12)

This scripture has been used to support many conclusions, some contrary to other scriptures. The last sentence eliminates a lot of speculative application in that, it specifies the time in which our limited understanding is removed. It is a point when we know fully, even as we are fully known. We are fully known by God, so I believe we will have complete understanding when we are in His presence. Until then our knowledge is limited, I believe it is very limited. We can not understand the purposes and ways of God except partially by His word and that through the Spirit’s revelation. We all experience things that make no sense in this world even though it is ruled by God. As Believers we understand that God is Sovereign and can do as He deems best. Moreover, we know He is loving and good, perfectly so. Yet, there is evil in this world. Yeshua taught us to love our enemies and those who would do us wrong. He taught us to forgo our rights, even as to justice. This makes no sense to the worldly human mind. Many hold grudges against God for what they perceive He allowed to happen. Some conclude the paradox of bad things happening to good people establishes there is no God, that everything is just random happenstance. Then, the post modern secular thinker concludes that Man is God. This is a faulty leap of stupidity, if there ever was one. Man is flawed severely and essentially, weak and limited, to suggest that he is ruler over His own destiny is pure folly, but not everyone will listen to or believe the truth.

We don’t know enough to gather a basic understanding of most great questions asked down through human history. What is the essential aspect that sustains life and what about the transcendent spiritual realm of the Spirit, love, faith, and hope. The Bible gives us enough knowledge about these things to carry on and wonder, often marvel, at all we do not know. Solomon concluded, “then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.” (Ecclesiastes 8:17) Paul described the end of the matter, “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” (Romans 11:33-36)

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Retired Journeyman
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