There probably is no such thing as perfect vision! Someone has said, “our hindsight is always 20-20.” However, a 20-20 vision is not perfect and only refers to an aspect of the intricate mechanism of the eyes. Whether we speak of hindsight or foresight, there are many things that keep us from seeing perfectly. Also, when we realize that we really “see” with our minds, then we understand the importance of “having the mind of Christ,” and not the “mind of the flesh.” Sometimes it is true that we generally “see” about what we want to see.
There are many things that hinder us in our desire to view things correctly. For example, distance will sometimes make things appear falsely. A huge mountain may appear to be only five miles away, when in reality it is fifty miles. We know that distance “seems ” different on water than on land. Court cases abound with instances of witnesses “thinking” they saw something or someone, then later finding they were in error. In Zechariah 10:2, it is stated:
“For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams …”
We realize that the miraculous healings performed by our Lord while He was on earth have deep spiritual significance, but in reference to our “thoughts on vision” the one recorded in Mark 8:23-25 is appropriate:
“And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hand upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.”
A careful reading of this portion of Scripture affords an interesting and revealing example of blindness, imperfect vision — and then perfect vision. Note that in verse 23, he was blind, in verse 24 he didn’t see so well, and in verse 25 “he saw every man clearly.”
If only we would yield completely to Him, acknowledging our helpless estate, we could see so much better. Also, please observe that in verse 25, the Lord “made him to look up.” Keep Looking Up!
A comparison of I Corinthians 13:12 with I John 3:1-3 will bring the difference between our earthly (imperfect) vision and the heavenly (perfect) vision into focus. The Apostle said in I Corinthians 13:12:
“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.”
Life is sometimes a puzzle, we don’t always see things in proper perspective. Countless “things” mar or cloud our vision. As long as we are in these “bodies of humiliation,” we will “see through a glass darkly.” Even our view of the Lord Jesus Christ is sometimes distorted by our own prejudice and bias, but one of these days “we shall see Him as He is.” Perfect vision will be ours only when we are with Him. The closer we walk with Him today, the better is our vision.
In conclusion, it needs to be brought to the attention of our readers that, one “look” in simple childlike faith to the Lord Jesus on the cross of Calvary will bring eternal salvation. God says, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else” (Isaiah 45:22).
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light neither cometh to the light lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” (John 3:16-21)