1 Corinthians 13:8-12 - What is "perfection" and when does it come?

The meaning of the clause "but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears" in 1 Corinthians 13:10, has been hotly debated in the past. The problem is understanding what "perfection" and "the imperfect" refer to. Some say "perfection" refers to the Canon of Scripture (the Holy Bible as we know it today) and "the imperfect" refers to spiritual manifestations such as prophecy and tongues (vv. 8-9). This would imply that because we now have the Holy Bible there is no need for spiritual manifestations today. However, the problem with this interpretation is the content of verse 12, which states "Now we see but a poor 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 [by God]." Now this can�t be referring to when the New Testament was created because this just isn�t the case - we do NOT know fully, and the fact that there are various interpretations of this verse proves it! Therefore, it must refer to the second coming of Christ, when we will see things as if "face to face". Spiritual manifestations are only temporary today, but when Christ comes they will pass away. True love, however, never fails. Love will last forever because God is Love! (1 John 4:16).

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