8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
1 Corinthians 13:8 - 12
ESV - 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
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Paul answers the “when” question in verse 12; “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”. When we see Jesus face to face and know him fully there will be no need for spiritual gifts. This will happen when Jesus returns to rapture the church and we receive our glorified new bodies.
1 Corinthians 13:8-9 says, “Love never fails. But whether there are prophesies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophecy in part.” Love is eternal; however, all gifts of the Spirit will eventually pass away. The reason for this is given in verse 10, which states, “But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.” The “that which is perfect” can only be heaven, and then “that which is in part will be done away“ can only mean that the earthly gifts of tongues, prophecy, healing, and so forth, will no longer be needed in the Lord’s presence. We will be like Him, and we shall all know each other just as He knows us. We will no longer need those gifts when we are with Him because He is the fulfillment of all things in heaven and on earth. There will be no more pain, sickness or death; everything shall now be restored to the way it was created in the beginning...whole, complete, and “very good”! ✝️
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