Second of a two-part study of 1 Corinthians 13:8-10
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away”
(1 Corinthians 13:9-10).
Paul speaks from the viewpoint of himself, the other apostles, and even others who have received special gifts as he further explains the importance of understanding priorities: those special gifts would end when the revelation is completed.
“In part” means the completed revelation has not yet been received. “That which is perfect” refers to the time when the New Testament revelation would be completed; and they, along with all truth seekers, would have access to it and would be able to understand and communicate God’s complete plan for the salvation of mankind.
We live in that time today. And if we desire to make heaven our eternal home, we can do so because we have God’s completed will for us. We may be taught by others who understand His will, or we may study His will for ourselves and determine what the Lord wants us do if we really want to go to heaven.