There are people who think, that they have to understand 1 Cor. 13, 8 – 12 in such a way, that the prophecies have to be abolished when the perfect thing has come. They refer this perfection to the complete New Testament, to which no further teaching may be added. Therefore, they consider all prophecies after the 2nd century A.D. to be only products of the human soul or whispers of Satan to seduce the believers. This went so far as to say that God speaks only through the Holy Scriptures. The consequence then was that for 150 years there was a virtually complete cessation of foreign mission in Protestant churches. The word Thailand does not appear in the Bible. Under these circumstances, how could God call for example a man to go to Thailand as a missionary?
This interpretation of the text seems wrong to us. In 1 Cor. 13 it says that knowledge will also cease because we still recognize indistinctly. In the future we will see face to face and will no longer recognize only partially, but will recognize as fully as we have been recognized by God. It seems obvious to us that this kind of cognition is not yet present, because otherwise every effort to interpret the Word of God would already be absolutely superfluous and there would no longer be any Christian denominations. The perfect thing, which is mentioned here in the text, will obviously come when we see God face to face. Until then we have faith, love and hope (1 Cor. 13:13). Thus, prophecy in the New Covenant is still legitimate today.
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