#22 – No More Prophecy, Knowledge, and Tongues – Part 1
On today’s episode, we will be discussing what the “perfect” means in 1 Cor 13. Theolodudes is well aware that the “perfect” is a debated topic. We understand that some theologians have taken the meanings of the “perfect” to mean the maturity of the church, the eternal state, the 2nd coming of Christ, or the canon. We take the position that the “perfect” means the completion of God’s revelation/canon. We will explain why on this episode. On our 3rd part, we will answer some common objections to the “canon” view.
We will also show that the “perfect” cannot mean the eternal state or the second coming. One reason is because Paul tells us to continue in hope. 1 Cor 13:13, Paul says to abide in hope, faith, and love. Hope means to expect something. The usage of the word hope throughout the N.T usually means to hope for the second coming and for the glorification of creation including humankind. In Romans 8, Paul says that once those things arrive (glorification of our bodies after the second coming), then there is no need for hope. Paul says that hope that is seen is no longer hope since the expected things has arrived. In other words, no longer should we abide in hope since our hope has been realized. This would mean that if the perfect is referring to the second coming or the eternal state, then there should no longer be any need to abide in hope. However, Paul tells us to abide in hope which gives us a big clue that the perfect cannot be the second coming.
We also talk about how “tongues” was for a sign to unbelievers. In 1 Cor 14, Paul says that tongues is a sign to unbelievers. He actually quotes a verse from Isaiah 28. We will read Isaiah 28 with you guys and reveal who was the sign for. Once we do this, we will demonstrate that tongues actually ended because the purpose of tongues was fulfilled in the 1st generation of the apostles.
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