The Miraculous Gifts Ceased At The Completion Of The New Testament Revelation, Not In The Future When Christ Comes Again

I Cor 13:8-13 says the miraculous gifts were to cease when “that which is perfect is come.” Context shows “that which is perfect” refers to the completed New Testament revelation, therefore the miraculous gifts stopped when the New Testament canon was completed. See these links for further explanation:

https://bibledebates.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/miraculous-gifts-have-ceased/

https://bibledebates.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/miracles-have-ceased/

https://bibledebates.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/i-cor-138-10-proves-the-miraculous-gifts-are-not-for-today/

Some counter by claiming “that which is perfect” refers to the second coming of Christ, but one reason that won’t work is because verse 13 contrasts the cessation of the gifts with the abiding of faith and hope. My point is this:

· The miraculous gifts were to stop sometime before the need for faith and hope was to end (I Cor 13:8-10,13).

· Jesus’ second coming will do away with the need for faith (II Cor 5:6-8, Heb 11:1) and hope (Heb 11:1, Rom 8:24). (faith goes to sight, and our hope is realized)

· Therefore the miraculous gifts were to stop before Jesus’ second coming.

Ask yourself this question: Does it really make any sense for Paul to say the miraculous gifts would stop at the second coming of Christ? Everything will stop then – that is the end of the world (II Pet 3:4,9-10).

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