When Will the Gifts Cease?

The gifts will cease, but when?

They will cease when that which is perfect is come

1 Corinthians 13v8
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

The gifts will continue with the Church until the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ

1 Corinthians 1v5
That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: …

The apostle compares the incomplete knowledge the believer has now with the full understanding which is to come

1 Corinthians 13v11
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 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. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

2 Corinthians 12v6
For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

Paul the apostle had an abundance of revelation/knowledge but admitted in 1 Corinthians 13v12 that it was not complete (it was in part)

What is, that which is perfect?

1 Corinthians 13v10
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

That which is perfect is Jesus Christ and the first resurrection – the bringing of that perfection to the believer

1 Corinthians 15v53
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

A reminder that the gifts will continue until Jesus Christ returns

1 Corinthians 1v7
So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:


Find salvation in your own Bible:
Mark 16v17; Acts 2v4; Acts 10v44-46; Acts 19v1-6.

What to do:
Acts 2v37-38.


© Carl Gibbard 2020. This study may be freely used for personal study, teaching and distribution as it is with no changes, alterations, additions or deletions.