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What Does Perfect Mean

1 Cor 13: Love never fails, but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away, if there are tongues, they will cease, but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. What is the perfect?

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The perfect is the kingdom.The millenium rule of jesus will be perfect.The perfect will occur for us after the judgement.
---tom2 on 5/26/09

I believe perfect means fullness in this verse. However, when it says be ye perfect, it means be mature.
---Annette on 5/25/09

Only one that is Perfect is God
We strive for perfection,
but if we say we are perfect,then God is not in us........and we call Him a Liar
---Gabby on 5/22/09

1 Timothy 1:5: "Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:"
mikefl, that is a good line you have there.
It comes to mind also:
1 Cor 8:3: "But if any man love God, the same is known of him."
Mercy is the synonym of Charity.
"I will have mercy, and not sacrifice"

Charity may just be the only substance remaining when a man's work be tried "as if by fire".
Even the so highly praised 'faith', without charity is nothing!
---Nana on 4/7/09

Luke 8:14
And that which fell among thorns are they,
which, when they have heard,
go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life,
and bring no fruit to perfection. (Mat 13:23)

John 15:10
If ye keep my commandments,
ye shall abide in my love,

even as I have kept my Father's commandments,
and abide in his love.

John 15:6
If a man abide not in me,
he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered,
and men gather them,
and cast them into the fire,
and they are burned.

Matthew 12:33
Either make the tree good, and his fruit good,
or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt:
for the tree is known by his fruit. (Mat 3:10)
---Suzie on 4/6/09

The answer is in the blog question itself. Then things are no longer partial, they will be perfect. It is the same word meaning 'complete.' God bless.
---JohnnyB on 4/6/09

Some believe it was Jesus's appearance on earth. I see scripture looking further out. Note 1Cor.13:12 (just past your quote). When we are face to face with God, we see perfection because then we will be perfect also. Read also 1Jn.3:2. Note this verse was written after Jesus was raptured. So, this and many other scriptures place "perfect" to mean after there is no more sin or a need for prophesy or tongues or other temporal means of communing with God. Face to face, what a rush of energy, what a day that will be. When my Jesus I shall see. When I look upon His face...
---mikefl on 4/6/09

"The perfect" can only refer to our Lord and Savior the Lord Jesus Christ!!!!!
---mima on 4/6/09

The unseen Hopes of God's LOVE by Faith!!!
---Shawn_M.T. on 4/6/09

Before perfection in the absolute sense may achieve it's goal there is inperfection as it's precourse of actions.
The partial will cease to exist, that is imperfections in all forms will cease to exist.Remember there will be both a new heaven and a new earth-Only paradise is perfect and absolute not requiring a renewal .The act to accelerate or encourage this future day is true love."Love[God] never fails..."Prophecy will fade away for there will be heaven on earth not requiring assistance from angels and spirits for we will be living in that future as a prophecy spoke of.The angels will give us the "harps of God" so we will understand the language of heaven.
---earl on 4/5/09

"What is the perfect?"

Consummated human integrity and virtue that is lacking nothing necessary for it completeness, brought to its fullness through a Divinely inspired comprehensive knowledge of the Father's Love.
---joseph on 4/5/09

Jehovah is the perfect.
---dsda on 4/4/09

It is God's love that is perfect. Perfect love cast out all fears. When the perfect love touches our lives then the partial type of flesh love is no longer good enough for us, so thus it is done away with. The scripture says,"Be ye perfect even as I am perfect." It is talking about loving as Jesus loves us. Thus the only perfect thing in this world, in us is the perfect Love of Jesus and our Father,God. Love covers a multitude of sins. Think what the world would be if we could live in His perfect love. WOW!!!!
---Brenda on 4/4/09

This chapter thirteen is focusing on how real love is. And 1 John 4:18 speaks about "perfect love" and being "made perfect in love". So, I can see Paul means when perfection in love comes, after the gifts have ministered grace to make us perfect in God's love (1 Peter 4:9-10). And we have people who say "that which is perfect" means the perfect (complete) Canon Scripture which they did not have at first, and so tongues-with-interpretation and prophecy were needed only until the Bible came. But I consider "that which is perfect" is how we become what God's words mean, because of the grace ministered by gifts and through tribulations and prayer and example . . .
---Bill_bila5659 on 4/4/09

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